For most of these athletes, the Olympics represent the ultimate goal and their medal pursuits are the culmination of years of, if not lifelong, work. Also, France is a fairly innocuous country from which to adopt athletes. Just let it happen. See we told you that French thing was no big deal. In , James was the first British figure skating champion of black African descent. A few laters, France fast-tracked her naturalization so that she could compete in the Vancouver Winter Olympics after she won the French national title with partner Yannick Bonheur.
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The Winter Olympic games in PyeongChang, South Korea, will be an extravaganza of cold weather sports, over which the real-life couples of ice skating will arguably take the center stage. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that many of the figure skating and ice dancing pairs at the Winter Olympics are couples both on and off the ice — after all, partners that skate together, stay together. Both skated with other partners beforehand but what will make this Olympics even more special is that this will be the first games that the pair will be competing as a real-life couple. In an interview with NBC , Evan shared that he thinks this Olympics will be momentous for the both of them. While Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are no longer together, the pair dated for two-and-a-half years despite initially not liking one another as partners on the ice. Ahead of the intense preparation for the Winter Games, the ice dancing pair decided it was best to split up. We had to ask ourselves what was more important, our on-ice partnership or our off-ice relationship?
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Do they meet coming and going at the rink? They must think alike and react alike. The chemistry must be there. But before anyone can even think about skating pairs, they generally need to become proficient singles skaters first; without the skill set gained by skating solo, starting in on pairs is tough, if not outright impossible.
During the Olympics in Pyeongchang, however, everything is different; the couple recently opened up to. This promising pair took home the gold medal at the U. Championships but finished just short of the podium in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Despite their clearly strong connection, partners Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue said they "hated each other" and were fierce competitors prior to coupling up on the ice in , according to an interview they did with. They were in a relationship for about two and a half years before calling it off—so they could focus on their performance on the ice, according to the NY Post.