Evan began his skating journey at the age of 4 in the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club (AAFSC) Learn to Skate program. His early days were spent focusing on freestyle elements, testing up through the U.S. Figure Skating Junior Free Skate Test. However, his love for ice dance developed when he began working with AAFSC Professional Staff members Yasa Nechaeva and Yuri Chesnichenko.
He has since competed at four Olympic Games, representing the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club and the United States of America. He has earned three U.S. Ice Dance Champion titles, six Four Continents medals, three Grand Prix Finals medals, and FOUR World medals! The pair received their FIRST World Championship Title at this event! Evan Bates is a University of Michigan graduate and life-long member of the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club. We are beyond proud to call him one of our own and can't wait to see what Evan and Madi go on to achieve next!
Madison Chock and Evan Bates are only the second American ice dance couple to ever win GOLD at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships!