“It’s just nice to explore something that exists in me but I had never explored on the ice before.” Gabriella Papadakis and Madison Hubbell about same-gender teams and their plans to perform together
Gabriella Papadakis and Madison Hubbell about same-gender teams.
Madison Haubbell: “Frankly, if they don’t figure out that a demographic other than wealthy, white, heterosexual couples can be related to, they’re not going to have an audience anymore.”
Papadakis, who is bisexual is also excited that the potential ISU ruling could create the opportunity to express a fuller range of stories on the ice.
Gabriella Papadakis: “I love to see a beautifully stereotyped man and woman – a beautiful prince-and-princess waltz – but not because we’re forced to, but because a couple thought it was beautiful and wanted to make it their own. But I always felt that was imposed on us, which, for me, never felt authentic. And I don’t think I’m the only one thinking that.”
Training with Madison Hubbell allows her a fuller expression of her identity, which once felt unattainable after 20 years of skating with a male partner.
Gabriella Papadakis: “It’s just nice to explore something that exists in me but I had never explored on the ice before.”
Hubbell and Papadakis plan to debut their routines on social media, where they hope to inspire voting members of the ISU to go through with the change. “As two-time Olympians and Olympic medalists, we have the opportunity to open that door and hopefully get people talking about it,” Hubbell said.
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