Olympic ice dancer Jock and Bates love story, dating since high school

2022-08-01 0 By

Ice and snow dancers Madison Chalk and Evan Bates have opened up about their love story and future wedding plans after helping team USA win a silver medal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics — their third Olympics together.The reigning US champion, who also placed fourth in the free dance competition, reflected on their romance in an interview with Today’s Jenna Bushhager that aired on Valentine’s Day.Jock, 29, and Bates, 32, both attended high school outside Of Detroit, Michigan, and briefly dated as teenagers before starting skating together in 2011.They announced they were a couple in 2017 after dating for a year.”It was only when we started skating together that we started spending more time together and we started this bond and friendship that eventually turned into romance,” Bates said.Olympic dancers Madison Chalk, 29, and Evan Bates, 32, aired their romance on the Today Show on Valentine’s Day.The couple helped the U.S. ice dancing team win a silver medal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.Chock recalled how he picked up his mom in her red pickup truck and took her to Bahama Breeze for dinner to celebrate her 16th birthday.He still remembered what she was wearing: a black dress and pink stilettos.Their teenage romance fizzled after a few dates, but skating together made them realize years later that their feelings for each other had never really gone away.”It took me about five years to really come out and express how I felt and wanted to be more than just a skating partner,” he shared.”When this finally happens…Some of our friends around us are like, ‘Well, uh.'” Jock added: I was like, “Oh, huh?This is so interesting.I feel the same way about you.Where did this come from?”But it must always be there.Mr. Jock and Ms. Bates both attended high school outside Detroit, Mich., and dated briefly as teenagers before starting skating together in 2011. Mr. Jock recalled how he picked her up in his mother’s red pickup truck and took her to Bahama Breeze for dinner to celebrate her 16th birthday.Their teenage romance ended in failure, but skating brought them together again. The Beijing Olympics marked Betts’ fourth winter Games and his third with Jock.The couple finished eighth in Sochi 2014 and ninth in Pyeongchang 2018 after a crushing final defeat.After the Pyeongchang Olympics, the couple moved to Montreal, Canada, where they lived with their dogs, Henry and Stella, and trained for up to six hours a day.Chock and Bates both have creative pursuits that are different from skating.She was an artist and designed their skating costumes, while he played guitar.They also document their life on and off the ice in a podcast.”It took me about five years to really come out and express how I felt and wanted to be more than just a skating partner,” Bates said.Jock and Bates announced they were a couple in 2017 after dating for a year.They were pictured sharing a kiss on the beach in 2019. The couple finished eighth at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.They are depicted in the short dance competition Jock and Betts placed ninth at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.The couple suffered a devastating fall in the free dance event at the 2018 Olympics. During the Beijing games, they helped the United States win its first silver medal in the team competition.They later placed fourth in Monday’s free dance, behind Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue of the United States, who won bronze.Gabriela Papadakis and Guillaume Sizeron of France won gold, while Victoria Sinizina and Nikita Kasarabov of the Russian Olympic Committee took silver.Jock and Bates, when they met as teenagers, could never have imagined where their lives would take them.’It’s crazy.That’s why we tell each other, “Can you believe we’re skating together?Can you believe we’re dating?”She said.After the Pyeongchang Olympics, the couple moved to Montreal, Canada, where they live with their dogs and train up to six hours a day jock and Bates both have creative pursuits separate from skating.”It’s really fun to look back and think about how much we’ve been through together and how our lives have allowed us to stay with each other and evolve in unexpected ways,” says Tuchok, an artist who designs their skating costumes while he plays guitar.”It’s really fun to look back and think about how much we’ve been through together and how our lives have allowed us to stay with each other and evolve in unexpected ways.”After the segment aired, Bushhager told her co-hosts today that Jock and Bates were often mistaken for a married couple, which led her to ask when they were getting married.”They say they don’t have plans yet, but they will,” she said.”I actually try to get them to make suggestions in the square.”That’s when they said, ‘Goodbye,'” she joked.After helping team USA win silver, they finished fourth in the free dance event Jock and Bates put off marriage until they quit competitive ice dancing, they’re not ready Bates hasn’t proposed yet, but the couple told people,They have talked about getting married and their preferred wedding venue.They have no intention of saying “I do” before leaving the competitive world of ice dancing.”We’re not going to decide to retire at the end of the season,” Bates said.”We are still passionate about skating.We still feel young, we still feel there is room for improvement and growth.”And I keep hearing about the four races, and I’m one of the oldest skaters.I thought, “How did this happen?”I don’t think I’m as sophisticated as that makes me sound.Jock added: “When we decide to retire, we will definitely have a big celebration.This could include a wedding.