Grand Prix Final gold medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who successfully defended their national title on Saturday night, were named to the 2019 World Championship team, U.S. Figure Skating announced Sunday. Hubbell and Donohue won silver medals at 2018 Worlds.
Their training mates — and the two teams they shared the nationals podium with — will join them: two-time Worlds medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates as well as Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker. The same three dance teams are slated to compete at the Four Continents Championships that begin Feb. 5 in Anaheim, Calif.
The U.S. has one spot for the pairs’ competition and will fill it with new national champions Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc. The pair won their first title together on Saturday.
Joining Cain and LeDuc at Four Continents are silver medalists Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier as well as fourth-place finishers, and last year’s Four Continents champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea.
Worlds are March 18-24 in Saitama, Japan.
The men’s world team is scheduled to be named Sunday evening.
Nathan Chen has said his status regarding competing at Four Continents, should he be named to the team, is “TBD.” He won Four Continents in 2017.
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