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These medals qualified them for the Junior Grand Prix Final.At the Junior Grand Prix Final, they placed second behind training mates Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell. Competing again against the Hubbells, Samuelson/Bates won the junior national title.Bates was also skating with a different partner at the time, Emily Samuelson, with whom he competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Chock explained, “You have the stress of normal life and day-to-day things, and then you also have the stress of a sport.
Qualifying for the Junior Grand Prix Final had given them a bye to the 2007 U. They were placed on the team to the 2007 World Junior Championships.
At Junior Worlds, they were in second place going into the free dance.
“I think that friendship and that base was what sort of led to the romance.”Chock believes that had they not both been figure skaters, they probably never would have met.
She was born and raised in Redondo Beach, Calif., before moving to Novi, Mich., as a teen to dedicate more time to her training. But after teaming up, they went on to win multiple medals including bronze at the Four Continents Championships in 2017 and silver at the Grand Prix Final in 2016, as well as several more as with different partners.