The American ice dance tandem of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue earned their third straight World medal, claiming silver on Saturday night at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021 at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. All three American ice dance teams finished in the top 10.
Hubbell and Donohue, who earned silver in 2018 and bronze in 2019, tallied 128.66 points on Saturday night for 214.71 overall points.
“We are very proud of what we did today, and no placement will change that,” Hubbell said. “Since we are athletes who dedicate our lives to this, there is hunger and excitement to continue to work hard and find places to improve because we still have something to reach for next season. Silver wasn’t what we came here to get, but it’s still a big accomplishment and we recognize that.”
Two-time World medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates finished just off the podium in fourth place, after a 127.54-point free skate gave the couple 212.69 overall points.
Teammates Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean Luc Baker, who notched their third consecutive top-10 Worlds finish, finished ninth after scoring 113.43 points in the free skate for 188.51 points overall.
Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov (FSR) won the event, while Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (CAN) finished third.
Earlier Saturday, Nathan Chen won his third consecutive World title in the men's event. Chen is undefeated since placing fifth at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Taking place in a bubble environment with no spectators, athletes are returning to the world stage for the first time since the 2019 World Championships after the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The entire competition can be watch on-demand on Peacock Premium. Fans can catch the free dance on Saturday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. on NBCSN, and the ladies free skate on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT/6:30 p.m. PT) on NBC. A competition recap will air on NBC on Sunday, April 11 at 3 p.m. ET.