The U.S. ice dance team of Madison Chock and Evan Bates earned their spot in the Grand Prix Final with a silver medal at the Internationaux de France on Saturday in Grenoble, France.
Chock and Bates were in second after Friday’s short dance with a score of 73.55. The duo then scored a 108.30 for their free dance for a total of 181.85. France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the 2015 and 2016 world champions, took the gold medal while breaking their own world records for free dance (120.58) and total score (201.98). Russia's Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin won the bronze medal with a total of 177.24.
Chock, 25, and Bates, 28, finished eighth at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. This marks their fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final appearance after they won the silver medal in 2014 and 2015 and finished in sixth place last year. They most recently finished seventh at the world championships.
Along with Maia and Alex Shibutani and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, Chock and Bates are among the teams hoping to represent Team USA at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in February.
They are skating to a Latin-flavored Marc Anthony medley for their short dance and an arrangement of “Imagine” by John Lennon for free dance this season.