What pairs of figure skaters are dating on Team USA?
The best part of watching pair figure skating and ice dancing competitions is guessing whether or not the pair come out off the ice. Well, you don’t have to guess anymore for the 2022 Beijing Olympics – we’ve got all the answers on the status of the USA team figure skaters’ relationships, just for you.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Madison Chock and Evan Bates are dating a lot. Chock, 29, and Bates, 32, started skating together in 2011 and then began dating in 2017. This is their third Olympics together.
“I’ve always had good chemistry with [Bates]” Chock explained to NBC. “We’ve always gotten on so well. Skating together is something we love doing, and we love doing it together. Now we’re together on and off the ice and that makes it even more powerful. It’s completely authentic and real.”
Bates said he “always had fun” with her and their friendship base led to romance.
And Chock thinks their ice dancing has benefited from them dating: “We’re just more emotionally connected,” she said. Initiated. They currently train in Montreal, Quebec, where they live with their two toy poodles.
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue do date, but they are no longer dating. The pair have been skating together since 2011 and started dating around the same time, but broke up after two and a half years.
“A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, it’s so amazing that you guys broke up and are still skating together.’ But it was not a choice for us”, Hubbell Recount USA today. “The relationship didn’t work out. We weren’t willing for it to work out. But love made it so we couldn’t say goodbye.”
“We have this innate concern for each other and love for each other that has grown in some ways,” Donohue adds. “The most romantic ways no longer exist, but it’s something that goes beyond an everyday expression of emotion or even a conscious feeling.”
Hubbell, 30, and Donohue, 31, are now both dating other ice dancers: Hubbell is engaged to Spanish ice dancer Adrian Diaz and Donohue is dating Australian ice dancer Chantelle Kerry. They said that these Olympics would be the last.
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker would not be in a relationship, but are very close friends. Hawayek and Baker teamed up in June 2012, and the 2022 Beijing Olympics are their first Olympic competition.
Although they are not in a romantic relationship, Hawayek, 25, and Baker, 28, have been open to the idea of working with a sports psychologist on their partnership. Hawayek says learning to communicate with each other — openly and honestly — has been key to their success on the ice.
“Ultimately, we periodize our physical training to peak at the same point. But the emotional connection and that relationship is something that I think has been the most demanding part of growing our partnership,” said said Baker. Explain at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. Always: no appointment.
Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier
Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier Are Definitely Not Dating; Knierim is married to Chris Knierim, with whom she competed until 2020. Alexa Knierm, born Scimeca, teamed up with Chris Knierim in 2012 and started dating soon after. They married in June 2016 and skated together at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.
When Chris decided to retire in 2020, citing his physical and mental health, Alexa fully supported him. “First and foremost, I’m his wife rather than his [skating] partner,” Alexa said. “We know skating ends and life goes on. For us, our marriage, our relationship is what is important.”
A few months later, she teamed up with Brandon Frazier, and Knierim and Frazier are competing in the 2022 Beijing Olympics together, not married, just friends and figure skating partners. Chris Knierim cheers on his wife from their home in California.
Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc
Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc are also not dating. LeDuc, 31, made Olympic history as the first openly non-binary athlete to compete at the Games. The duo has been skating together since 2016.
“For a long time, Timothy and I didn’t see each other represented, so we didn’t quite feel like we belonged,” Cain-Gribble, 26, said. CNN Sports.“And for a long time, people had things to say about us. Even when we teamed up, they had a lot to say about my body, or Timothy’s sexuality. People will always make those comments.”
LeDuc identifies as gay and Cain-Gribble, at 5’6″, is taller than most women in figure skating. They choose not to portray romantic stories with their skates, instead wanting to emphasize two strong athletes, skating in unison.
“Ashley and I are just different that way; we’ve never had a romantic history and we’ve never been a romantic couple. We’ve always been about equals and shown two incredible athletes coming together to create something beautiful,” LeDuc said.
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A little trip away from Team USA: Japanese ice dancers Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto are together. They married in 2017. Koleto became a Japanese citizen in 2020 and legally adopted the name Takeru Komatsubara. “Being Japanese but asking my wife to change to a foreign surname which I thought was quite strange,” he explained to Europe on ice. I chose to change my last name to Komatsubara, and it’s rare in life for you to choose your own name, so I started thinking about it and played around with a few.” He finally asked to Komatsubara’s mother, who suggested Takeru for his He skates under Tim Koleto in international competitions, such as the Olympics, and Komatsubara Takeru in Japan.
Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer, an Austrian figure skating couple, are also in a relationship. This is their third competitive Olympics together. As Kiefer said on a figure skating blog in 2015: “Miriam and I spend nearly twenty-four hours a day together and quite honestly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. Our relationship on the ice is “very professional. We have a pretty good way of separating our on-ice partnership with what we have outside of skating and not letting issues that arise on the ice interfere with our off-ice relationship.”
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