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.
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)
Their 2014 US Nationals FD to Les Miserables (commentary Bezic, Hamilton, & Gannon) earned at standing ovation.
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...!
On the podium
Maddy & Evan are looking to the future after finishing fifth at Worlds:
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.
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."
Evan has graduated from college, so they should be concentrate even more on training.
Their ISU Bio