Emily Samuelson

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Emily Samuelson
Emily Samuelson & Evan Bates Banquet 2008 Junior Worlds.jpg
Samuelson and Bates in 2008.
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1990-05-14) May 14, 1990 (age 24)
Southfield, Michigan
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Former partner Todd Gilles, Evan Bates
Former coach Yuri Chesnichenko, Yaroslava Nechaeva, Igor Shpilband, Marina Zueva
Former choreographer Tom Dickson, Christopher Dean, Marina Zueva, Yuri Chesnichenko, Yaroslava Nechaeva
Skating club Ann Arbor FSC
Former training locations Ann Arbor, Michigan
Canton, Michigan
Began skating 1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 181.66
2008 World Juniors
Comp. dance 35.11
2008 World Juniors
Original dance 59.48
2009 Four Continents
Free dance 89.90
2009 Four Continents

Emily Samuelson (born May 14, 1990) is an American ice dancer. With former partner Evan Bates, she is the 2009 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2008 World Junior champion, and the 2009 U.S. national silver medalist. The duo competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Samuelson later skated with Todd Gilles.

Personal life[edit]

Emily Samuelson was born in Southfield, Michigan.[1] Due to her father's job, she also spent time in Europe as a child.[2] After graduating from Novi High School in spring 2008, she studied at the University of Michigan.[3]

Samuelson was selected for the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastics Honors Team.[4]

Early years[edit]

Emily Samuelson began skating at age five after being inspired by a skater she saw while vacationing with her family in Switzerland.[3] She competed in single skating through the Intermediate level and tested up to the Novice level in the USFSA testing structure.[2] When she was nine, her coach, Karen Lingenfelter, recommended that she try ice dancing, and she briefly paired up with Lingenfelter's son, Kurt.[2]

Partnership with Bates[edit]

Juvenile to novice[edit]

Samuelson began competing with Evan Bates at the Juvenile level in 2000 after they were paired up by their coach Gary Clark.[2] In the 2000–2001 season, competing on the Juvenile level, they won the pewter medal at their regional championship. This qualified them for the 2000–2001 U.S. Junior Championships, where they won the bronze medal.

Moving up to the intermediate level in the 2001–2002 season, Samuelson/Bates won the silver medal at their regional championship. At the 2001–2002 U.S. Junior Championships, they won the intermediate national title.

In the 2002–2003 season, they moved up to the novice level. They competed internationally for the first time through the North American Challenge Skate program. They placed 10th on the novice level at the event in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They won the pewter medal at their regional championship to qualify for their sectional championship. At their sectional championship, they placed 6th and did not qualify for the 2003 U.S. Championships.

Remaining on the novice level in the 2003–2004 season, Samuelson/Bates won their regional championship to qualify for their sectional championship, where they won the silver medal. This qualified them for the 2004 U.S. Championships on the novice level. At nationals, they won the bronze medal. Their placement at nationals earned them a trip to the Estonia International Ice Dancing Championships on the novice level, where they won the silver medal.

In the 2004–2005 season, competing in their third season as novices, Samuelson/Bates won the silver medal at their regional championship and won their sectional championship to qualify for the 2005 U.S. Championships. At nationals, they won the novice title.

Junior career[edit]

In the 2005–2006 season, Samuelson/Bates moved up to the junior level. Their made their debut on the ISU Junior Grand Prix. At the 2005–2006 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Slovakia, they placed 6th in the compulsory dance, 10th in the original dance, and 6th in the free dance to place 8th overall. At the event in Sofia, Bulgaria, they placed 5th in all three segments of the competition and overall. They won their sectional championship to qualify for the 2006 U.S. Championships, where they won the silver medal on the junior level. This medal qualified them for a trip to the 2006 World Junior Championships, where they placed 10th.

In the 2006–2007 season, Samuelson/Bates remained on the junior level. They competed on the 2006–2007 ISU Junior Grand Prix. At their event in Mexico, they won all three segments of the competitions and won the gold medal overall. At their event in Taipei, they placed second in the compulsory dance and won the original and free dances to win the gold medal overall. These medals qualified them for the Junior Grand Prix Final. At the Junior Grand Prix Final, they placed second to training mates Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell.

Qualifying for the Junior Grand Prix Final had given them a bye to the 2007 U.S. Championships. Competing again against the Hubbells, Samuelson/Bates won the junior national title. They were placed on the team to the 2007 Junior Worlds. At the World Junior Championships, they were in second place going into the free dance. However, they were forced to withdraw from the competition in the middle of their free dance due to injury. Samuelson fell shortly into the program, and Bates, in an effort to avoid colliding with her head, leaped over her and landed on Samuelson's left hand, and wound up severing the tendon in her middle finger.[3][5] Their withdrawal, combined with the placement of the other American teams, meant the US would only have two entries to the 2008 Junior Worlds.

Samuelson and Bates perform the Viennese Waltz compulsory dance at the 2007–08 Junior Grand Prix event in Lake Placid, New York

In the 2007–2008, Samuelson/Bates remained juniors internationally, but moved up to the senior level nationally. They began their season on the 2007–08 ISU Junior Grand Prix. Skating with a minor knee injury at their first Junior Grand Prix event, in Lake Placid, Samuelson/Bates won all three segments of the competition to win the gold medal overall. At their second event, they won both the compulsory and original dances, but placed second in the free dance, to win the gold medal overall. These medals qualified them for the 2007–2008 Junior Grand Prix Final and also earned them a bye to the 2008 U.S. Championships. At the Junior Grand Prix Final, they placed 3rd in the compulsory dance and second in the original and free dances to win the silver medal overall. At the U.S. Championships, Samuelson/Bates made their senior national debut. They placed 4th in the compulsory and original dances. In the free dance, Samuelson/Bates fell during a lift that had been put into the program for the senior program due to the different requirements between junior and senior level free dances. They placed 6th in the free dance and won the pewter medal, continuing their medal streak at the U.S. Championships. Their placement at the event earned them a trip to the 2008 Junior Worlds. At the World Junior Championships, they won all three segments of the competition and won the title overall.[6][7][8][9]

Senior career[edit]

In the 2008–2009 season, Samuelson/Bates moved up to the senior level internationally. Their first international competition of the season was the 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy. They placed second in the compulsory dance and won both the original and free dances to win the title overall. They made their senior Grand Prix debut at the 2008 Skate America, where they placed 5th in the compulsory dance, fourth in the original dance, and third in the free dance, to place fourth overall. At their second Grand Prix event, the 2008 NHK Trophy, they placed third in the compulsory dance and fourth in the original and free dances to win the bronze medal. At the 2009 U.S. Championships, they placed 2nd in all three segments of the competition, and won the silver medal overall.[10] It was their sixth consecutive medal at the U.S. Championships. This medal qualified them for the teams to the 2009 Four Continents and the 2009 World Championships.[11] At the Four Continents, they placed fourth in the compulsory dance and then third in the original and free dances to win the bronze medal overall.[12] At the World Championships, they placed 13th in the compulsory dance, 11th in the original dance, and 9th in the free dance to place 11th overall.[13]

Samuelson/Bates had an up and down season in 2009–10, failing to medal in their two Grand Prix appearances but finishing a respectable 11th at their first Olympics and 9th at Worlds. On April 28, 2010, they announced that they would be leaving long-time coaches Yuri Chesnichenko and Yaroslava Nechaeva to train with Igor Shpilband and Marina Zueva in Canton, Michigan.[14] In September 2010, Bates' Achilles tendon was lacerated by Samuelson as she came down from a lift.[15] They missed the entire 2010–11 season as a result. In June 2011, it was reported that they had ended their partnership.[16] On June 28, 2011, Samuelson and Bates confirmed they had split and were both looking for new partners.[17]

Partnership with Gilles[edit]

On August 22, 2011, Samuelson announced that she would be skating with Todd Gilles.[18] In September, they revealed they would train in Ann Arbor, Michigan, coached by Nechaeva and Chesnichenko with choreography by Tom Dickson and Christopher Dean.[19][20] In November 2011, they competed in their first event together, the 2011 Cup of China, where they finished 8th. At the time, they had been skating together for approximately two months, and had had their programs choreographed one month earlier.[21] Samuelson and Gilles confirmed the end of their partnership in June 2012.[22]

Programs[edit]

With Gilles[edit]

Emily Samuelson / Todd Gilles in 2011.
Season Short dance Free dance
2011–2012
[23][24]
  • Como Golondrinas
    by Angela Carrasco
  • Goldfinger
    by Perez Prado and his Orchestra
    choreo. by Tom Dickson

With Bates[edit]

Samuelson and Bates perform their Let Yourself Go original dance at the 2008 Skate America
Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
2010–2011
[1]
  • Desde el Alma
2009–2010
[25][26]
2008–2009
[27][28]

2007–2008
[29][28]
2006–2007
[30][28]
  • Quejas de Bandoneom
  • Thalia's Hits Remixed
2005–2006
[31][28]
  • Besame
    by Andres Ballinas
  • Perfidia
    by Alberto Dominguez
2004–2005
[32][28]
2003–2004
[32][28]
2002–2003
[32][28]
  • Russian medley
2001–2002
[32][28]
  • Let's Face the Music and Dance

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Gilles[edit]

International[33]
Event 2011–12
GP Cup of China 8th
National[24]
U.S. Championships 8th
Pacific Sectionals 1st
GP = Grand Prix

With Bates[edit]

Samuelson and Bates (center) on the 2008 World Juniors podium
International[34]
Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Olympics 11th
Worlds 11th 9th
Four Continents 3rd
GP Bompard 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Skate America 4th
GP Skate Canada 5th
Nebelhorn 1st
International: Junior[34]
Junior Worlds 10th WD 1st
JGP Final 2nd 2nd
JGP Austria 1st
JGP Bulgaria 5th
JGP Mexico 1st
JGP Slovakia 8th
JGP Taipei 1st
JGP USA 1st
Estonia Int. IDC 2nd N.
National[28]
U.S. Champ. 3rd N. 1st N. 2nd J. 1st J. 4th 2nd 3rd
Midwest. Sect. 2nd N. 1st N. 1st J.
EGL Regionals 1st N. 2nd N.
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
EGL = Eastern Great Lakes; Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (February 5, 2007). "Samuelson and Bates Win U.S. Junior Dance Crown". Skate Today. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Narens, Dana (October 24, 2011). "Emily Samuelson, '12". Her Campus. Archived from the original on November 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Figure Skating to Honor 10 Exceptional Scholar Athletes at 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships". U.S. Figure Skating. January 26, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Zanca, Sal (March 3, 2007). "American Ladies Sweep World Junior Medals". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ Kaye, Rosaleen (February 27, 2008). "Samuelson and Bates lead at Junior Worlds". GoldenSkate. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kaye, Rosaleen (February 29, 2008). "Samuelson and Bates maintain lead at Junior Worlds". GoldenSkate. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kaye, Rosaleen (March 1, 2008). "Samuelson and Bates capture gold in Sofia". GoldenSkate. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "2009 U.S. Championships Results". 
  11. ^ "U.S. Figure Skating Announces World, Four Continents and World Junior Teams". U.S. Figure Skating. 2009-01-25. 
  12. ^ "2009 Four Continents Championships Results". International Skating Union. 
  13. ^ "2009 World Championships Results". International Skating Union. 
  14. ^ "Samuelson, Bates announce coaching change". icenetwork.com. April 28, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  15. ^ Rosewater, Amy (September 29, 2010). "Bates sidelined after injuring Achilles in practice". icenetwork.com. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  16. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (June 22, 2011). "Samuelson, Bates call it quits". Universal Sports. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Samuelson, Bates announce end of partnership". U.S. Figure Skating (IceNetwork). June 28, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (August 22, 2011). "Samuelson, Gilles happy to join forces". icenetwork.com. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  19. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 9, 2011). "New team Samuelson, Gilles to train in Ann Arbor". icenetwork.com. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  20. ^ Walker, Elvin (November 16, 2011). "Emily Samuelson and Todd Gilles: An Unexpected Pairing". IFS Magazine. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  21. ^ Flade, Tatjana (November 4, 2011). "Bobrova and Soloviev secure strong lead at Cup of China". Golden Skate. 
  22. ^ "Samuelson, Gilles announce end of partnership". Icenetwork. June 26, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Todd GILLES: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. 
  24. ^ a b "Emily Samuelson / Todd Gilles". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. 
  25. ^ Mittan, Barry (October 4, 2009). "Samuelson and Bates Well Prepared for Season". Golden Skate. 
  26. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 28, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. 
  28. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. 
  30. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 17, 2007. 
  31. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 25, 2006. 
  32. ^ a b c d "Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates: Programs". ice-dance.com. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Competition Results: Emily SAMUELSON / Todd GILLES". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014. 
  34. ^ a b "Competition Results: Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. 

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