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Evan Bates (born February 23, 1989) is an American Ice dancer. He skates with Emily Samuelson. They are the 2009 U.S. silver medalists, the 2009 Four Continents bronze medalists, and the 2008 World Junior Champions.

Personal lifeEdit

Evan Bates was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he still lives and trains. He graduated from Huron High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and is currently enrolled in the class of 2011 at the University of Michigan.

CareerEdit

Evan Bates began skating at age four. He briefly competed with Arielle Chudnofsky. Gary Clark, his former coach, teamed him up with Samuelson in 2000.

In the 2000-2001 season, competing on the Juvenile level, they won the pewter medal at their regional championship. This qualified them for the 2000-2001 U.S. Junior Championships, also known as "Junior Nationals", where they won the bronze medal.

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, they 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. Figure Skating Championships.

Remaining as novices in the 2003-2004 season, they won their regional championship to qualify for their sectional championship, where they won the silver medal. This qualified them for the 2004 U.S. Figure Skating 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. Figure Skating Championships. At nationals, they won the novice title.

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. Figure Skating Championships, where they won the silver medal on the junior level. This medal qualified them for a trip to the 2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where they placed 10th.

In the 2006-2007 season, they 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 to training mates Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell.

Qualifying for the Junior Grand Prix Final had given them a bye to the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Competing again against the Hubbells, Samuelson & Bates won the junior national title. They were placed on the team to the 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. At the World Junior Championships]], they were in second place going into the free dance. However, they were forced to withdraw from the comeptition 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. Their withdrawal, combined with the placement of the other American teams, meant the US would only have two entries to the 2008 Junior Worlds.

Samuelson & Bates 2007 JGP USA CD

Emily Samuelson & Evan Bates perform the Viennese Waltz compulsory dance at the 2007-2008 Junior Grand Prix event in Lake Placid, New York, United States.

In the 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. Figure Skating Championships. At the Junior Grand Prix Final, they placed 3rd in the compulsory dance and second in the original and free dances to win the silver medal overall.

At the 2008 U.S. Championships, Samuelson & Bates made their senior national debut. They placed 4th in the compulsory and original dances. In the free dance, Samuelson & Bates fell during a lift that had been put 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 Figure Skating Championships. At the World Junior Championships, they won all three segments of the competition and won the title overall.

In the 2008-2009 season, they 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.

ProgramsEdit

Junior World Championships 2008 Emily SAMUELSON Evan BATES OD

Samuelson & Bates perform their Russian folk original dance at the 2008 World Junior Championships

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Season Original Dance Free Dance Exhibition
2008-2009 Let Yourself Go
by Irving Berlin
Amazonic
by Tonci Huljic
performed by Maksim Mrvica
You Should Be Dancing
by the Bee Gees
Bittersweet
by Apocalyptica
2007-2008 Kalinka & Russikie Napievi
by Balalaika
Luna
by Alessandro Safina
Bittersweet
by Apocalyptica
2006-2007 Quejas de Bandoneom Thalia's Hits Remixed
2005-2006 Besame
by Andres Ballinas
Perfidia
by Alberto Dominguez
Jingi
by Toskiaki Tsushima
Battle Without Honor or Humanity
by Tomoyasu Hotei
from Kill Bill
2004-2005 Amore &
Maria
by Ricky Martin
2003-2004 Canned Heat Disco
by Jamiroquai
2002-2003 Russian Medley
2001-2002 Let's Face the Music and Dance

Competitive highlightsEdit

2008 WJC Ice Dancing Podium

Samuelson & Bates (center) on the 2008 World Juniors podium

(with Samuelson)


Event 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
World championships TBD
Four Continents bronze medalists 3rd
World Junior Championships 10th WD 1st
U.S. Championships 3rd N. 1st N. 2nd J. 1st J. 4th 2nd
Skate America 4th
NHK Trophy 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
ISU Junior Grand Prix 2nd 2nd
2007-2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix 1st
2007-2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix 1st
2006-2007 ISU Junior Grand Prix 1st
2006-2007 ISU Junior Grand Prix 1st
2005-2006 ISU Junior Grand Prix 8th
2005-2006 ISU Junior Grand Prix 5th
Estonia International IDC 2nd N.
Midwestern Sectionals 2nd N. 1st N. 1st J.
Eastern Great Lakes Regionals 1st N. 2nd N.
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

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