Evan Bates

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Evan Bates
2011 TEB Free 036 Madison Chock Evan Bates.jpg
Chock/Bates at the 2011 TEB
Personal information
Full name Evan Bates
Country represented United States
Born (1989-02-23) February 23, 1989 (age 25)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Partner Madison Chock
Former partner Emily Samuelson, Arielle Chudnofsky
Coach Igor Shpilband
Former coach Marina Zueva, Yuri Chesnichenko, Yaroslava Nechaeva
Former choreographer Marina Zueva, Yuri Chesnichenko, Yaroslava Nechaeva
Skating club Ann Arbor FSC
Former training locations Canton, Michigan
Began skating 1993
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 167.59
2014 World
Short dance 67.71
2014 World
Free dance 99.88
2014 World

Evan Bates (born February 23, 1989) is an American ice dancer. With partner Madison Chock, he is the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist and 2013 U.S. national silver medalist. He represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

With former partner Emily Samuelson, Bates is the 2009 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2008 World Junior champion, and the 2009 U.S. national silver medalist. They competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Evan Bates was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] He graduated from Huron High School in 2007 and from the University of Michigan in December of 2013 with a degree in Organizational Studies.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Evan Bates began skating at age four. He trained as a single skater and tested up to the Junior level in the USFSA testing structure, landing jumps through the double axel.[2] He began training with ice dancing coaches Yuri Chesnichenko and Yaroslava Nechaeva after they moved to the United States.[when?]

Partnership with Samuelson[edit]

In 2000, one of his coaches, Gary Clark, teamed him up with Emily Samuelson.[2] Moving up to the intermediate level in the 2001–2002 season, they 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, Samuelson/Bates 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 as novices 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 Junior Worlds, 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 behind 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 World Junior Championships. At Junior Worlds, 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. Bates stepped on the back of Samuelson's hand after she fell shortly into the free dance, severing a tendon.[3] Their withdrawal, combined with the placement of the other American teams, meant the U.S. would only have two entries to the 2008 Junior Worlds.

Samuelson and Bates at the 2007–2008 Junior Grand Prix event in Lake Placid, New York

In 2007–2008, Samuelson/Bates remained juniors internationally, but moved up to seniors nationally. They began their season on the 2007–2008 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 third 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 fourth in the compulsory and original dances. In the free dance, Samuelson/Bates fell during a lift that had been inserted 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 U.S. Championships earned them a trip to the 2008 World Junior Championships. At Junior Worlds, they won all three segments of the competition and won the title overall.[4][5][6][7]

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 second in all three segments of the competition, and won the silver medal overall.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Samuelson/Bates had an up and down season in 2009–10, failing to medal in their two Grand Prix appearances but finishing 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.[12] In September 2010, Bates suffered a complete laceration of his Achilles tendon after Samuelson hit him with her skate blade as she came down from a lift.[13] They missed the entire 2010–11 season as a result. In June 2011, it was reported that they had ended their partnership.[14] On June 28, 2011, Samuelson and Bates confirmed that they had split and said that they were both looking for new partners.[15]

Partnership with Chock[edit]

On July 1, 2011, Bates and Madison Chock announced their partnership and said they would continue to work with Shpilband and Zueva.[16][17] They finished 4th at 2012 Skate Canada International and 5th at 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard. They were 5th at the 2012 U.S. Championships. After Zueva and Shpilband ended their coaching partnership, Chock/Bates were the first team to announce that they would continue training with Shpilband.[18]

Chock/Bates finished 4th at the 2012 U.S. International Classic and then won gold at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.[19] They then competed at the 2012 Cup of China and finished 4th. At 2013 U.S. Nationals, Chock/Bates were able to win the silver medal ahead of Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani. They were named in the U.S. team to the 2013 Four Continents where they won the bronze medal. At the 2013 World Championships, they finished 7th overall. Chock/Bates competed at the 2013 World Team Trophy and placed first in ice dance, helping Team USA win the team gold for the first time since 2009.

In the 2013–14 season, Chock/Bates were assigned to two Grand Prix events, the 2013 Cup of China and 2013 Rostelecom Cup, and won bronze at both. They won the silver medal at the 2014 U.S. Championships and were named in the U.S. team to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Programs[edit]

With Chock[edit]

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2013–2014
[1][20]
2012–2013
[21][20]
2011–2012
[22][20]
  • Chica Chica Boom Chick
  • Unknown
  • Boom Diggy Diggy

With Samuelson[edit]

Samuelson and Bates perform their original dance at the 2008 Skate America.
Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
2010–2011
[23]
  • Desde el Alma
2009–2010
[24][25]
2008–2009
[26][27]

2007–2008
[28][27]
2006–2007
[29][27]
  • Quejas de Bandoneom
  • Thalia's Hits Remixed
2005–2006
[30][27]
  • Besame
    by Andres Ballinas
  • Perfidia
    by Alberto Dominguez
2004–2005
[31][27]
2003–2004
[31][27]
2002–2003
[31][27]
  • Russian medley
2001–2002
[31][27]
  • Let's Face the Music and Dance

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Chock[edit]

Chock and Bates at the 2011 Trophee Bompard
International[32]
Event 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 8th
Worlds 7th 5th
Four Continents 3rd
GP Bompard 5th
GP Cup of China 4th 3rd
GP Rostelecom 3rd TBD
GP Skate America TBD
GP Skate Canada 4th
Finlandia 3rd 2nd
Nebelhorn 1st 2nd
U.S. Classic 4th
National[20]
U.S. Champ. 5th 2nd 2nd
Team events
WTT 1st T
(1st P)
GP = Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result;
Medals awarded for team result only.

With Samuelson[edit]

Samuelson / Bates (center) on the 2008 Junior World podium
International[33]
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[33]
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[27]
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]

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  2. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (February 5, 2007). "Samuelson and Bates Win U.S. Junior Dance Crown". Skate Today. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Zanca, Sal (March 3, 2007). "American Ladies Sweep World Junior Medals". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kaye, Rosaleen (February 27, 2008). "Samuelson and Bates lead at Junior Worlds". GoldenSkate. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kaye, Rosaleen (February 29, 2008). "Samuelson and Bates maintain lead at Junior Worlds". GoldenSkate. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ Kaye, Rosaleen (March 1, 2008). "Samuelson and Bates capture gold in Sofia". GoldenSkate. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "2009 U.S. Championships Results". 
  9. ^ "U.S. Figure Skating Announces World, Four Continents and World Junior Teams". U.S. Figure Skating. 2009-01-25. 
  10. ^ "2009 Four Continents Championships Results". International Skating Union. 
  11. ^ "2009 World Championships Results". International Skating Union. 
  12. ^ "Samuelson, Bates announce coaching change". icenetwork.com. April 28, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ Rosewater, Amy (September 29, 2010). "Bates sidelined after injuring Achilles in practice". icenetwork.com. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (June 22, 2011). "Samuelson, Bates call it quits". Universal Sports. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Samuelson, Bates announce end of partnership". U.S. Figure Skating (IceNetwork). June 28, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ Rosewater, Amy (July 1, 2011). "Chock, Bates form new on-ice partnership". icenetwork. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 2, 2011). "Chock, Bates take the fast track to Skate Canada". icenetwork. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Shpilband moving to Novi, bringing Chock and Bates". Icenetwork. June 12, 2012. 
  19. ^ Flade, Tatjana (September 30, 2012). "2012 Nebelhorn Trophy". Golden Skate. 
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  21. ^ "Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. 
  24. ^ Mittan, Barry (October 4, 2009). "Samuelson and Bates Well Prepared for Season". Golden Skate. 
  25. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 28, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 16, 2009. 
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 17, 2007. 
  30. ^ "Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 25, 2006. 
  31. ^ a b c d "Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates: Programs". ice-dance.com. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Competition Results: Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES". International Skating Union. 
  33. ^ a b "Competition Results: Emily SAMUELSON / Evan BATES". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. 

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