NOVI, Mich. – Madison Chock and Evan Bates will compete in their second Winter Olympics together since joining forces in 2011.
Chock and Bates both previously competed with different partners before teaming up in the summer of 2011. This is actually the third Olympics for Bates. The Ann Arbor native and University of Michigan graduate competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics with his previous partner Emily Samuelson.
In addition to being partners on the ice, Chock and Bates are also dating. Chock also designs their costumes. When not skating, Bates enjoys playing the guitar.
Chock and Bates are one of three top teams representing ice dance in the United States. They train at the Novi Ice Arena and their accomplishments include being the 2015 U.S. national champions, 2017, 2013-2014 U.S. silver medalists, and 2016 world bronze medalists.
Event: Ice Dance
Hometown: Novi and Ann Arbor
Training Center: Novi Ice Arena
Olympics: Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018
Chock, 25, and Bates, 28, finished eighth in Sochi, Russia during the 2014 Winter Olympics and look to improve upon that during the upcoming games in PyeongChang.
The state of Michigan will be represented by 14 athletes at PyeongChange including:
- Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani -- Event: Ice Dance
- Madison Chock and Evan Bates -- Event: Ice Dance
- Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue -- Event: Ice Dance
- Jessica Kooreman -- Event: Short Track Speed Skating -- 1,000m race and 1,500 meter race
- Megan Keller -- Event: Defender for Women's Ice Hockey
- James Wisniewski -- Event: Defender for Men's Hockey
- Chad Billins -- Event: Defender for Men's Hockey Team
- Jim Slater -- Event: Forward for Men's Hockey Team
- Kyle Mack -- Event: Snowboarding Slopestyle and Big Air
- Ryan Pivirotto -- Event: Short Track Speed Skating
- Nick Baumgartner -- Event: Snowboardcross