Icebreakers: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue’s Drive, Nathan Chen’s Goals and More

It feels like we were just gearing up for Champs Camp in August and getting ready to charge into the Olympic season together with families. Somehow, we’re already halfway through the 2017 ISU Grand Prix Series of Figure Skating and drawing closer and closer to the 2018 U.S. Championships each day. In this week’s Icebreakers, read about how the move to Montreal sparked Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue’s drive, what Nathan Chen thinks of his chances in PyeongChang and more.

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

1. Ice Dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue Ready to Take the Next Step to the Olympics (Team USA) – Read an in-depth feature on Hubbell and Donohue as they take on their Olympic campaign.

2. Michelle Kwan on Why We Need the Olympics Now More Than Ever (The Thirty) – Michelle Kwan explains why the Olympic Games are so important, especially “during divisive and tumultuous times.”

3. U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Picture at Grand Prix Season Midpoint (NBC Sports) – Take a look at the current standings halfway through the Grand Prix Series.

4. Nathan Chen Sees “Pretty High Chance” of Olympic Gold (NBC Sports) – Following his first Grand Prix Series win, the 2017 U.S. champion sits down to discuss his prospects heading into the Olympic Games.

5. Max Aaron Wins Free Skate for Cup of China; Chock & Bates Take Silver (Team USA) – Missed Cup of China? Read about Max Aaron’s bronze-medal performance and Madison Chock and Evan Bates’ season debut.

6. Get a First Look at Team USA’s Olympic Closing Ceremony Outfits (TODAY) – Maia and Alex Shibutani helped reveal what Team USA will be wearing in PyeongChang for the Closing Ceremony.

7. Jason Brown Lands Silver for First Grand Prix Medal Outside U.S. in Four Years (Team USA) – Read a recap of Jason Brown’s road to the silver medal at Skate Canada last weekend.

8. For Figure Skaters, Olympic Pressure Makes Program Choice That Much More Important (Team USA) – There’s nothing like choosing your programs for the Olympic season for a figure skater. Team USA dives into the decision-making process.

9. Krasnozhon Continues to Build Winning Reputation (icenetwork) – The 2017 U.S. junior champion discussed his goals, Junior Grand Prix successes and more.

10. ‘Dancing With the Stars’: Kristi Yamaguchi, Other Greats Return (The Mercury News) – Olympic champion and Mirror Ball champion Kristi Yamaguchi returned to the ballroom for a special trio number.

11. Warm and Cozy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal (Harmless Harvest) – Olympic champion Meryl Davis shares one of her favorite recipes for November.