Heading into the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the two had a strictly business relationship: Chock was dating fellow ice dancer Deividas Stagniunas, and Bates was single.
During the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, however, everything is different; the couple recently opened up to about how they took their relationship from ice dancing partners to romantic partners in 2016.
"Maddie and I met and we were competitors for a long time.
Then, even when we started skating together, we were just friends at first," Bates told This promising pair took home the gold medal at the 2018 U. Championships but finished just short of the podium in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
(This is Olympic medal number five, topping off their gold from the 2010 Vancouver Games and a silver from the 2014 Sochi Games.)With all the success the couple's had on the ice, you'd think the two would be a perfect match.
But aside from a short "dating" stint as 7- and 9-year-old children (when they initially started skating together), the two promise they aren't romantically involved, according to .
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Ice dancing partners Madison Chock, 25, and Evan Bates, 28, have been skating together since 2011, taking home honors like the 2018 U. Championships bronze medal and the bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships.
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Despite their clearly strong connection, partners Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue said they "hated each other" and were fierce competitors prior to coupling up on the ice in 2011, according to an interview they did with Even more surprising is that the two became an actual couple about six months after they started skating together.
They were in a relationship for about two and a half years before calling it off—so they could focus on their performance on the ice, according to the .
Yep, they're a couple."We started dating after we began skating together, and it works really well because we have the same goals and aspirations," says Buckland.
"People are surprised because we work and live together, but we get on so well it makes training so easy."Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim don't have the same last name because they're siblings—but because they're married.