Madison Chock and Evan Bates compete in the championship free dance during the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 26, 2019 in Detroit.
Two-time Olympic ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates extended the sizzling start to their season by skating to a second consecutive silver medal Saturday at an ISU Grand Prix event.
After finishing second at last weekend’s Internationaux de France, their first appearance on the grand prix circuit in two years, Chock and Bates followed up with 208.55 points overall — including 128.21 for a dynamic and elegant free dance — at the Cup of China in Chongqing.
The performance marks their 12th consecutive medal in grand prix competition (not including the final), a streak dating back to 2013.
Hampered by Chock’s recovery from ankle surgery last year, the duo are showing no signs of rust so far. The Cup of China marked the fourth podium appearance for the 2014 and 2018 Olympians since September, following victories at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in September as well as at the Finlandia Trophy. The pair finished fifth at the 2017 Grand Prix final.
Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, the 2019 world silver medalists, won the title by just over a point with 209.90, with Canada’s Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen trailing behind to take the bronze. Team USA ice dancers Kaitlyn Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker finished fifth with 179.96 points.
Though Chock and Bates’ silver was the only U.S. medal in Chongqing, several other skaters posted top eight finishes. Amber Glenn was sixth in the women’s competition, won by rising Russian star Anna Shcherbakova, while 2017 U.S. junior champion Camden Pulkinen finished eighth in a very strong men’s field topped by China’s Jin Boyang. Additionally, 2016 national champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea were sixth in pairs competition taken by China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong.