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US Evan Bates and US Madison Chock perform in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 17, 2014.

Madison Chock, Torrance native, competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi with partner Evan Bates in the Ice Dance event. While Madison may have come up short in her quest for gold, she represents the next generation of U.S. competitors in the Winter Olympics games.

Madison joins the show from Sochi to share her experience.

Interview Highlights:

On how she got her start in ice dancing:
"Well I was out in California, I was training in Torrance with Jordan and Darlene Bell and they had recommended to me that I try ice dance and I wasn't too fond of the idea at first, but they asked me to just try it to see if I would like it. I did and I absolutely fell in love with it and it's all history from there." 

On the difference between single and ice dancing:
"They're both part of figure skating, but they are two completely separate force. In singles, like ladies and men they do jump, I tend to stay with a partner obviously and we do lifts and we are there to tell a story and dance with one another and really relate to each other and the audience." 

On how she and Evan Bates became partners:
"Well, it was kind of a serendipitous type of situation. My partner had just retired and he was just coming back from an injury and I think our timing was just right. We were both partnerless around the same time. I had had a few tryouts and I was still looking for a partner and he wanted to try out with me so we were at the same rink and it was very convenient to have the tryouts.

"It worked out really well. Things aren't always so fortunate to find each other so close together, neither of us had to move, we were already training at the same rink, we lived in the same state and I think we were very fortunate for that and that we got along so well and had such great chemistry."

On what makes for a good partnership:
"Well, you definitely have to be on the same page and have the same goals about what you want that's mainly the first thing and it's just like a partnership, it's a business relationship, it helps if you get along and you like who you're working with because you spend so much time with them on a daily basis. It really makes it easier and it makes the day go by faster and the work go by easier if you get along and you're both working toward the same goal."

On how they pick the music:
"Actually, I would say that that is the most difficult part of the year because you're going to have to listen to it the entire year and you want to feel a connection with the music that you can keep portraying and give a good emotional feel every time you skate it."

On her favorite moment off the ice in Sochi:
"I would have to say the opening ceremonies. That was definitely something really special that I will never forget. It was so cool seeing all the countries. Walking out and being in the opening ceremony, myself walking out representing the U.S., an incredibly special feeling."


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