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    Madison Chock & Evan Bates Hopes, Fears & Cheers!

    The performances of Chock & Bates were some of my happiest memories from Nationals in Boston. If any there are any other Chock & Bates fans out there, I hope you will enjoy this thread.

    http://www.freep.com/article/2014021...ng-chock-bates

    Jeff Seidel wrote a lovely article about Maddie and Evan for the Detroit Free Press, during the pre-Sochi hype season. It describes how they got together, and is a great introduction to the two of them.

    This story starts with an interview with Igor, Maddy, and Evan. They couldn't be happier with their Olympic experience. Evan says Maddy was just a rock for him

    Their stellar SD to There's No Busines Like Show Business was a reall highlight at US Nationals 2014 in Boston , earning all Level 4's: (commentary Belbin & Gannon)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDaH4mfNyH0
    Their 2014 US Nationals FD to Les Miserables (commentary Bezic, Hamilton, & Gannon) earned at standing ovation.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SwUOcys7Jc

    Their international campaign in the 2013-2014 season had its rocky sections, particularly in the SD. Their season started at Finlandia.


    Some photos taken by YesWay at Finlandia:

    A beautiful couple...
    That FS lift...!
    Drama!
    On the podium

    Maddy & Evan are looking to the future after finishing fifth at Worlds:

    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/03/29/70411480


    U.S. silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who train under Shpilband, skated a fast, clean program to music from Les Misérables, gaining five Level 4 and three Level 3 elements. Their opening lift combination was outstanding.
    "We were so excited for this performance; everything we have done this season led up to the Olympics and the world championships," Chock said. "We couldn't be happier to be in Tokyo and to put out two great skates to finish it off."
    "We consider ourselves a team that is pushing upward, and we wanted to contend here," Bates said. "For this week, we skated well, and it's something to build on for next season and for the future.
    "Now that we've experienced the world stage and the Olympic stage together, we can have confidence in ourselves," he continued. "The importance of this event wasn't lost on us."
    Chock and Bates do not think of themselves as a shoo-in for the title of US number 1, but they hope to earn it.
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/...teams-continue


    Evan has graduated from college, so they should be concentrate even more on training.


    Their ISU Bio
    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00013665.htm

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    Thanks for starting this thread, Doris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    The performances of Chock & Bates were some of my happiest memories from Nationals in Boston. If any there are any other Chock & Bates fans out there, I hope you will enjoy this thread.
    I was never a huge fan until Boston although I always found her interesting to watch. Something about them live was magical. They were flying around the ice and there was something so moving about their performance. I think I was more moved by them than even Meryl & Charlie on that particular day. I remember jumping up like a crazy person to give them a standing ovation and then thinking to myself are you really having this reaction to Chock and Bates? I'm now firmly on their train for the rest of the career and I'll forever remember the last minute of their FD in Boston as the exact moment I became an uber fan. I absolutely can't wait to see what they do next season and I'm thrilled the judges at Worlds sent a big signal that they'll be in the mix of top teams.

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    Thanks for this, Doris!

    I was a big fan of Madison when she skated with Greg Zurlein and a big fan of Samuelson & Bates so after Madison & Evan teamed up I totally became a fan. I like their detailed, precise style and find it very expressive.

    I had the privilege of watching their short dance at nationals from front row center ice and it was just spectacular.

    I think they have been well served by being with Igor; they really lucked in when the split happened. I think they have the talent and the drive to be a top team in the World and I'm looking forward to seeing them progress.

    I love all the US teams so whoever comes out on top is okay with me but Madison & Evan sure have a strong shot at being the next national champions.
    Congratulations 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte!!!

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    Thanks for starting this thread, Doris! I started getting on the CB bandwagon after last season (I loved their freedance at WTT in 2013). It was great to watch how their programs progressed through 2013-2014, and they really knocked it out of the rink in Boston. They had to follow Meryl & Charlie winning their historic 6th National title, but they got right out there and gave an amazing performance--three standing ovations in a row that evening: for the Shibs, for DW, and for CB. What an amazing day of skating! I was so glad to see CB do well at both Olympics and Worlds, and I think they'll carry those experiences into next season.

    The US has a lot of really good dance teams right now, so my feeling is whoever places top 3 at Nationals over the next four years, the country will be very well-represented at Worlds and at 2018 Olympics. I suspect CB will be fired up to claim the National title and hang onto it.

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    I always liked Chock & Zuerlein, too. They teamed up in 2005.
    Some random facts about Madison:
    Chock's full first name is Madison La'akea Te-Lan Hall. She is of Chinese-Hawaiian descent.
    She won the International Family Film Fest Award in 2003. This factoid is listed on the Chock/Zuerlein bio, and I have no idea what it was about.

    C&Z were the 2009 world junior champions. Their programs at Jr. Worlds were:
    OD Minnie the Moocher by The Dancing Fool
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DDaFF-J-g0c

    and

    FD Phantom of the Opera
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q0s8sQVmFY

    In their final season, 2010-2011, they earned bronze medals at TEB and SC.

    Their best ever performances resulted in a ninth place finish at 2011 Worlds.

    FD 2011 Worlds Cabaret
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=waHtibH2ydc

    Their SD in the 2010-2011 season was
    Foxtrot: Milord by Edith Piaf
    Quickstep: Padam Padam by Edith Piaf
    The program from 2010 TEB:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F8MfA0wRy0E

    C&Z particpated in the ISU Test Event Dance, Sesto San Giovanni, Italy May 17, 2009, which was part of determining what the SD would look like. They demonstrated the "Rhythm Choice"

    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...nce-New-Dances
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lve-nm1ObhY

    Bates and Chock teamed up in July 2011, after Greg Zuerlein retired from skating.

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