Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 13, 2008) – Madison Hubbell of Okemos, Mich., and Keiffer Hubbell of Sylvania, Ohio, won the ice dancing gold medal at the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series event in Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 8-12. They represent the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club. The brother-and-sister team also won gold last month at JGP Mexico.
After winning the compulsory dance by more than three points, the team increased its lead to 6.13 points after scoring 53.06 in the original dance.
Their free dance allowed the team to secure its second win of the season. The performance was highlighted by an opening level-four synchronized twizzle as well as top-notch circular and midline step sequences. Their segment score of 76.46 gave them a competition mark of 164.24, nearly 10 points ahead of their next closest competitors.
“It always feels good to win,” Madison said. “There’s a big release of stress, and it definitely puts my confidence up for the rest of the season. But there will always be skaters working hard, and there is no reason to believe we don’t have to work.”
This is the second go-around in the JGP Series for the Hubbells. They won gold at the 2006 JGP Final in Sofia, Bulgaria. They are the 2008 U.S. junior champions and finished fifth at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
For more information on the Hubbells’ medal-winning finish at JGP South Africa, please visit http://web.icenetwork.com/events/detail.jsp?id=48124 or contact U.S. Figure Skating.
The JGP Series, now in its 12th season, consists of eight international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 400 athletes representing more than 35 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the eight scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top eight point-earners in each of the disciplines qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final Dec. 11-14 in Seoul, South Korea.