• 2010 Olympic Winter Games


  • Samuelson and Bates are the 2009 U.S. silver medalists, 2010 U.S. bronze medalists and 2008 World Junior champions
  • Won the silver medal at the 2007 and 2008 Junior Grand Prix finals
  • Captured U.S. titles at the intermediate (2002), novice (2005) and junior (2007) levels


Club: Ann Arbor FSC

Coach: Yuri Chesnichenko, Yaroslava Nechaeva

Choreographer: Yuri Chesnichenko, Yaroslava Nechaeva

Samuelson began skating at age 5 because she saw a girl skating while she was on vacation in Switzerland and wanted to try it, too ... Participated in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program ... Previously coached by Gary Clark (1998-2001) ... Has two younger sisters, Katie (17) and Ashley (12) ... Received numerous academic honors in high school, including Honor Roll (2004-08), Presidential Award for Educational Excellence (2006-08), Phi Beta Kappa (2008) and summa cum laude (2008) ... State finalist for Miss Teen Michigan ... In her sophomore year at the University of Michigan ... Supports the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life ... Favorite city to which she's traveled for skating is Oberstdorf, Germany, because "it is a gorgeous town situated in the middle of the mountains in Germany, it is so quaint and 'picture perfect,' and it holds many good memories for me" ... Something that sets her apart from others is "I'm a very clumsy person - I'm constantly bumping into table corners and walls, falling up stairs, etc." ... Would like to go on "Survivor" because "I would want to challenge myself and see how I could handle living in the middle of nowhere without technology or the luxuries of civilization" ... Hobbies include reading, golfing, skiing and volunteering ... Has volunteered at her church (Faith Community Presbyterian) ... Biggest life-defining moment is coming back from hand surgery to win the 2008 World Junior title ... Fell at the 2003 Midwestern Sectional and broke her two front teeth ... Would like to meet Tiger Woods to discuss his success and how he obtained it ... If she weren't a skater, she would be a ballroom dancer...and a normal college student ... Would like to get a job she enjoys and raise a family after her skating career ... Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/EmilySamuelson.

Favorite sports figure: Tiger Woods
Favorite sports teams: Detroit Red Wings, Boston Red Sox
Favorite city: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Favorite season: Spring
Favorite author: Jane Austen
Favorite magazine: Self
Favorite gadget: Cell phone
Favorite vacation I've taken: Venice, Italy
Favorite performer: Julianne Hough
Favorite reality show: So You Think You Can Dance
Favorite drink: Water with lemon
Favorite vacation spot: My cottage in New Hampshire
Favorite quote: "Dance like no one is watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like no one is listening, and live like it's heaven on earth." - William Purkey

Three things people would be surprised to learn about me: I am movie deprived, I love to fly and for a while wanted to be a pilot, and I have a huge sweet tooth
Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Oprah, Tiger Woods and Dave Ramsey
Three things I don't like doing: Being late, wearing socks and not being able to find things I need
Three things I love doing: Laughing, traveling and spending time with great friends
Three television characters I'd want to hang out with if they were real: Shawn Spencer (Psych), Scooby Doo and Gilligan
Three celebrity crushes: James McAvoy, Taylor Lautner and Hugh Jackman
Three favorite movies: Pride & Prejudice, Apollo 13 and Elf
Three things I must have when I leave the house: Cell phone, money and a hair tie
Three favorite bands: The Beatles, Nickelback and MercyMe
Three people I'd most like to meet: The Pope, Bill Gates and Lance Armstrong
Three favorite TV shows: Psych, Gilmore Girls and Friends
Three favorite books: Pride & Prejudice, Gone with the Wind and Redeeming Love
Three favorite web sites: icenetwork.com, Google.com/ig and ihasahotdog.com
Three favorite foods: Mom's apple pie, passion fruit and salad with grandpa's homemade dressing
Three favorite drinks: Water with lemon, hot chocolate and Shirley Temples