Zachary Donohue

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Zachary Donohue
2012 WFSC 04d 387 Madison Hubbell Zachary Donohue.JPG
Donohue with Hubbell at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships
Personal information
Full name Zachary Tyler Donohue
Country represented United States
Born (1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 26)
North Madison, Connecticut
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Partner Madison Hubbell
Former partner Alissandra Aronow, Piper Gilles, Lili Lamar
Coach Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer
Former coach Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Natalia Annenko, Marina Zueva, Igor Shpilband, Mathew Gates
Choreographer Marie-France Dubreuil, Samuel Chouinard
Former choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, Marina Zueva, Igor Shpilband, Mathew Gates
Skating club Lansing Skating Club
Gadbois Centre
Former skating club Detroit Skating Club, All Year FSC
Training locations Montreal, Quebec
Former training locations Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Began skating 2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 180.82
2017 Four Continents
Short dance 76.53
2017 Worlds
Free dance 108.37
2016 Worlds

Zachary Tyler "Zach" Donohue (born January 8, 1991) is an American ice dancer. With Madison Hubbell, he is the 2014 Four Continents champion, two-time Nebelhorn Trophy champion (2011, 2013), and four-time (2012, 2015-2017) U.S. national bronze medalist.

With former partner Piper Gilles, he won three medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

Personal life[edit]

Zachary Donohue was born January 8, 1991 in Madison, Connecticut.[1] He was home-schooled through high school.[2] He is currently in a relationship with British ice dancer Olivia Smart.[3]

Early career[edit]

In the 2006–07 season, Donohue competed with Kaylyn Patitucci. They placed 5th on the novice level at the Eastern Sectional Championships and did not advance to the 2007 U.S. Championships.

In the 2007–08 season, Donohue competed with Lili Lamar. They placed 5th on the Junior level at the Eastern Sectional Championships and did not advance to the 2008 U.S. Championships.

Partnership with Gilles[edit]

Donohue teamed up with Piper Gilles ahead of the 2008–09 season. They made their international debut at the 2008–09 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, which they won. They placed second at their second event in Cape Town, South Africa, qualifying them for the 2008–09 Junior Grand Prix Final in South Korea. They withdrew from the Junior Grand Prix Final before the competition due to injury to Gilles. They won the bronze medal on the junior level at the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Championships. In 2010, Gilles & Donohue were selected to compete for the United States at the World Junior Championships. They placed 9th out of a field of 34 teams. They announced the end of their partnership in May 2010. Donohue partnered with Alissandra Aronow and trained in Canton, Michigan, under the coaching team of Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva. They competed at the senior level for the 2010-11 season, and ended their partnership shortly after the 2011 U.S. Championships.

Partnership with Hubbell[edit]

Hubbell and Donohue at the 2011 Skate America

On May 12, 2011, it was announced that Donohue had teamed up with Madison Hubbell.[4] The new partnership trained at the Detroit Skating Club under the coaching team of Pasquale Camerlengo, Anjelika Krylova, and Natalia Annenko-Deller.[5] They made their international debut at the 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy where they won the gold medal.[6][7] They finished 10th at the 2012 World Championships.

After sustaining a concussion in June 2013,[8] Hubbell spent six weeks recuperating.[9] She attributed the injury to "lack of focus, as painful as that is to admit. I finished twizzles, I did my 3-turn, and I fell off my heel."[9] In 2013–14, Hubbell/Donohue won gold at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, placed fourth at the 2013 Skate America, and won their first Grand Prix medal, bronze, at the 2013 Skate Canada International. After placing fourth at the 2014 U.S. Championships, they were assigned to the 2014 Four Continents Championships and finished ahead of Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier to take the gold medal. Hubbell/Donohue were first alternates for the 2014 World Championships but did not take the slot made available when Davis/White withdrew; Hubbell had sustained a torn labrum in her left hip[10] and underwent surgery in March 2014.[8]

For the 2014–15 Grand Prix season, Hubbell/Donohue were assigned to the 2014 Skate Canada International and 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard.[11]

On April 13, 2015, Hubbell/Donohue announced that they had started training with Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer[12] at the Centre Gadbois in Montreal.[13]


With Hubbell[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Blues: Feeling Good
    performed by Nina Simone
  • Hip Hop: hip hop medley
    by various artists

"Love" medley:

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody
    by Bootstraps
  • Can't Help Falling in Love
    by Ingrid Michaelson
  • Earned It
    by Bootstraps

  • Qué has hecho con mi vida
    by Eva Ruiz

  • Waltz: Hallelujah
    performed by k.d. lang
  • March: Hallelujah March
    by Karl Hugo

The Great Gatsby:
  • Down the Road
  • Happy
    by C2C

  • Lay Me Down
    by Sam Smith

  • Hide and Seek
    by Imogen Heap
  • Whatcha Say
    by Jason Derulo
by James Horner
  • Waltz
  • John Ryan's Polka
  • Latin medley

With Gilles[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Thank God I'm a Country Boy
    by John Denver
  • Country Roads
    by John Denver
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia
    by Charlie Daniels Band

  • Flamenco medley
    by the Gypsy Queens and Kings
Alfred Hitchcock movies:
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much
    by Bernard Herrmann
  • Vertigo Suite
    by Bernard Hermann
  • North by Northwest Overture
    by Bernard Herrmann
  • Go Daddy-O
    by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Flat Foot Floogie
    by Yallopin' Hounds Orchestra
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
    by James Horner
  • Malagenha
    by Sergei Mendes
  • Besame Mucho
    performed by Michel Petrucciani with the Graffiti Quartet
  • Pontero en Libertad
    by Monica Naranja

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Hubbell[edit]

Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Worlds 10th 10th 6th 9th
Four Continents 5th 1st 4th 4th
GP Final 6th 5th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Skate America 6th 4th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 5th 3rd 3rd
GP Trophée de France 4th 3rd 1st 2nd
CS Finlandia Trophy 3rd WD 2nd
CS Golden Spin 1st
CS U.S. Classic 1st 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st 1st
U.S. Championships 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd
Midwestern Sectionals 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

With Gilles[edit]

Event 2008–09 2009–10
JGP Czech Republic 1st
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Hungary 4th
JGP South Africa 2nd
U.S. Championships 3rd J 3rd J
Midwestern Sectionals 2nd J
Level: J = Junior

With Lamar and Patitucci[edit]

Event 2006–07
Eastern Sectionals 5th N 5th J
Level: N = Novice; J = Junior


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  3. ^ "Instagram photo by Olivia Sophie Smart • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:24am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
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  9. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (February 2, 2016). "Concussions in figure skating: How they happen". 
  10. ^ "Davis and White Elect Not to Compete at 2014 World Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. March 3, 2014. 
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  12. ^
  13. ^ "Hubbell and Donohue to train with Dubreuil and Lauzon" (Press release). U.S. Figure Skating. April 13, 2015. 
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  19. ^ "Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. 
  21. ^ Berlot, Jean-Christophe (November 15, 2012). "Hubbell, Donohue emphasize passion over points". 
  22. ^ "Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  23. ^ a b c "Piper Gilles / Zach Donohue". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on March 26, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Piper GILLES / Zachary DONOHUE: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 9, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Piper GILLES / Zachary DONOHUE: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Competition Results: Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE". International Skating Union. 
  27. ^ "Competition Results: Piper GILLES / Zachary DONOHUE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 

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