Madison Chock is one of the select few who will have the honor of representing the United States as a member of the figure skating team in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Chock, a two-time World medalist, two-time Grand Prix Final silver medalist, four-time Four Continents medalist and 2015 U.S. national champion, will be joined by her partner Evan Bates.
The pair are dating.
“I’ve always had great chemistry with [Bates],” Chock said, via NBCOlympics.com. “We’ve always gotten along so well. Skating together is something that we love doing, and we love doing it together. Now, we’re together on and off the ice and it makes it even more powerful. It feels completely genuine and real. It makes training so much more fun and it brings us closer together every day.
“We’re working together, working towards the same things. When you’re doing that with someone that you love, it really is so much more meaningful.”
It marks the second consecutive Olympics that Chock and Bates have competed for Team USA in ice dancing.
Chock is of Chinese-Hawaiian descent.
Her unique middle name La’akea Te-Lan means “sacred light from heaven” and “special or unique orchid.”
Ice dancing at the Olympics kicks off on Sunday, FEb. 18 with the ice dance short dance. it continues on Monday, Feb. 19 with the ice dance free dance. Both events will air on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea take place from Feb. 9 – Feb. 25.
The U.S. Olympic figure skating team for 2018 can be seen below:
- Karen Chen
- Mirai Nagasu
- Bradie Tennell
- Nathan Chen
- Adam Rippon
- Vincent Zhou
- Madison Chock and Evan Bates
- Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
- Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
- Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim