Age: 29, 32
Events: ice dancing
This is Chock and Bates’ third Olympics together. They finished ninth at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and eighth at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Chock and Bates joined forces in 2011. Since then, they have won three national titles, three world championship medals, six four continent medals (including two gold) and 14 Grand Prix series medals (including three Golden).
And they are partners on and off the ice. Although it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. In fact, it took five years before things took a romantic turn. As Bates reminded Olympics.com“You know, finally I was just like…” I love you. You know, I have feelings for you. I would like to be more than skating partners. “”
Previously, Chock skated with Greg Zuerlein from 2006-11. According to the USA Figure Skating Fan Zone, they won the 2009 Junior, US Junior and Junior World Grand Prix Final titles and were twice US bronze medalists (once as juniors and once as seniors) and two-time Grand Prix Series bronze medalists.
As for Bates, he skated with Emily Samuelson from 2000-10. During their time together, Fan Zone reported, they won the 2008 World Junior Championship, won silver at the 2009 U.S. Championship, and earned bronze at the 2010 U.S. Championship. They also competed at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, where they finished 11th.
But it was Chock and Bates’ partnership that turned out to be game over. As she tweeted in December, “24 years of skating, 10 years of skating together, 5 years as a couple, 2 Olympics, 1 forever partnership.”
Chock was born in California, later moved to Michigan and started skating when she was 5 years old. According to his team biography, his hobbies include drawing, painting and reading. She also designs skating costumes.
Bates was born and raised in Michigan and started skating at age 4. According to his team biography, he enjoys golfing, reading, and playing guitar.