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Getting to know Olympic ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Chock and Bates began training together as a team in July 2011, after Chock’s previous partner retired and Bates’ partnership dissolved. With partner Emily Samuelson, Bates placed 11th in Vancouver, but this is Chock’s first Games.
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Getting to know Olympic ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Madison, nicknamed “Maddie,” started skating when she was five because her parents liked to watch skating on television. She competed in singles until she was 12, then made the switch to ice dance.
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Getting to know Olympic ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Bates, who comes from an athletic family, started skating when he was four and competed in singles until the junior level. He was a skier until seventh grade when he broke his arm. He ran on his high school’s cross country team in addition to playing soccer, basketball, swimming and golf.
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Getting to know Olympic ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Their coach, Igor Shpilband, will be seeing a few familiar faces rinkside at the Sochi Olympics. He also coaches France's Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte and Isabella Tobias and Deividas Stagniunas of Lithuania.
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Getting to know Olympic ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Chock and Bates represented Team USA in the World Team Trophy and competed in the ice dancing portion of the team event. They won, and helped the U.S. win team gold overall in 2013.
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