After teaming up for the 2011-12 season, Bates and new partner Madison Chock rose through the ranks to solidify their place as the No. 2 ice dance team in the U.S., behind eventual Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Together, Chock and Bates finished eighth at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Chock and Bates took over the mantle and won their first national title in 2015, and went on to win silver medals at both the Four Continents Championships and world championships. The following year, they won silver at the U.S. Championships and matched their silver medal performance at the Four Continents Championships. At the 2016 World Championships, they won bronze medals.
In the pre-Olympic season, Chock and Bates collected more hardware. They won four silver medals across their two Challenger Series and Grand Prix assignments, and followed that up with a sixth place finish at the exclusive Grand Prix Final. The duo won a silver medal at the 2017 Nationals and bronze at Four Continents – held at the PyeongChang Olympic venue. At the world championships, they finished in seventh place.
Chock and Bates earned silver medals at both of their Grand Prix assignments to kick off their Olympic season. They qualified for the Grand Prix Final and finished fifth. Then, at nationals in January, they won the free dance phase but earned bronze medals overall. They were named to the 2018 Olympic team.
Getting to know Evan Bates
Graduated from the University of Michigan in December 2013 – he was the 52nd member of his family to go to the school
Participated in skiing, soccer, basketball, swimming, golf and cross country running growing up
Aunt got him started in skating at age 4