U.S. ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates are known for their mesmerizing performances, innovative lifts and creative costumes.
Madison, 29, and Evan, 32, teamed up in the spring of 2011, and after placing second in back-to-back nationals, they reached the top spot on the podium in 2015. They appeared to be poised to be the top team for years to come but they continued to face setbacks. In 2018, following a ninth-place finish at the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, Madison underwent ankle surgery. The duo missed the first half of the 2018-19 season while Madison recovered.
In July of 2019, Madison and Evan moved from Detroit to Montreal. They train at the Ice Academy Montreal under Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon with the top ice dancers in the world.
In January 2020, Madison and Evan reclaimed the national title – five years after winning their first together in the same building in Greensboro, NC. Their victorious snake charmer free dance has since garnered 2.5 million views on NBC Sports’ YouTube page.
Both Madison and Evan started skating at a young age. Madison was 5 when she first laced up skates, and Evan was just 4. Before teaming up together, Madison competed with Greg Zuerlein, with whom she won World Junior, U.S. Junior and Junior Grand Prix titles. Evan formerly skated with Emily Samuelson, and together, they claimed two U.S. medals (silver, 2009, bronze in 2010) and placed 11th at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Madison and Evan have skated in two Olympic Winter Games together, representing the United States in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and in 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Their top goal now is to compete together in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
The two began dating in 2017, and they are enjoying living in Montreal, one of the most romantic cities in North America. When they are not training, they often can be found walking their toy poodles, Henry and Stella, to local farmers’ market or cafe. They are also learning the language of their locale – French.
Madison and Evan recently debuted their new podcast, Unlaced with Chock and Bates. They are also featured in the Olympic Channel documentary, On Edge, about their Olympic journey.
Evan enjoys playing guitar, golf and following University of Michigan sports. He is the 52nd member of his father’s side of the family to attend the university. Madison, who has taken art classes, designs the couple’s skating costumes with Montreal-based costume designer Mathieu Caron. She also enjoys drawing, painting and reading.