Icebreakers: Team USA at the World Championships, History Made at the World Junior Synchonized Skating Championships and More

Team USA knows how to end a season! Following the exciting Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Team USA returned from the 2018 World Championships with two medals, including a new World title, and a remarkable trip for Deanna Stellato. The Skyliners junior team made history at the 2018 World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Alex Shibutani reflected on his experiences at his second Olympic Games with sister Maia Shibutani. It’s all in this week’s Icebreakers and more. Read the latest links below.


1. Nathan Chen Lands Six Quads, Wins World Figure Skating Title (ESPN) – The two-time U.S. champion brought the World title back to the United States!

2. One Year After Devastating Fall, Hubbell and Donohue Finally Earn First World Championship Medal (Team USA) – Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue win silver at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy.

3. After 16-Year Break, Stellato Back at Figure Skating Worlds (AP) – Deanna Stellato is on the world stage after returning to competitive figure skating from a 16-year retirement.

4. Skyliners Make History, Win Silver at Junior Worlds (icenetwork) – For the first time ever, a U.S. team landed on the podium at the World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships!

5. Alex Shibutani: The Emotions and Memories From Our Experience in PyeongChang Will Stay With Us Forever (Team USA) – In the Shibutanis’ latest blog for Team USA, Alex reflects on his and Maia’s experiences at their second Olympic Winter Games.

6. Thoughtful Zhou Has Big Things Planned for Future (icenetwork) – Learn more about 2018 Olympian Vincent Zhou after PyeongChang.

7. A Starr on the Rise (Shondaland) – Starr Andrews looks back at her 2018 U.S. Championships performance and ahead at what’s to come in her bright future.

8. Figure Skaters Adam Rippon and Ashley Wagner Play ‘The Best Friends Game’ (Us Weekly) – See how well Adam Rippon and Ashley Wagner know each other.

9. In the Bustle Booth with Maia and Alex Shibutani (Bustle) – Back from PyeongChang, Maia and Alex Shibutani dish on their favorite Olympic moments, the Team Event and more.