2022 Winter Olympics ice dance teams have ties to Metro Detroit

US Figure Skating has announced the three ice dance teams that will compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics, and they all have ties to Metro Detroit.

The following three skating teams will represent Team USA in Beijing next month as ice dance competitors:

  • Madison Chock and Evan Bates

  • Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

  • Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker

Chock and Bates beat Hubbell and Donohue, their close friends and longtime rivals, on Saturday to win their third national figure skating championship. Both teams have had the best career scores in their performances, and both go to the Olympics.

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Bates, a native of Ann Arbor, will compete as an Olympian this year for the fourth time – the first American figure skater to appear in four games. The Winter Games will be the third Olympic competition for Chock and Bates together as an ice dance team.

The national champions trained at the Novi Ice Arena before moving to Montreal to train after the 2018 Olympics.

Hubbel and Donahue also have ties to Michigan: the couple trained at the Detroit Skating Club, before moving to Montreal to train in 2015. Hubbell grew up in the Lansing area.

Together, Hubbel and Donahue secured fourth place at the 2018 Olympics. Chock, Bates, Hubbel and Donahue all train on the same coaches in Montreal.

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First-time Olympians Hawayek and Baker also trained at the Detroit Skating Club before moving to Montreal themselves. The duo won a bronze medal at the national championships on Saturday.

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