Chock and Bates grab lead at world champs


Agency :
Veteran ice dance duo Madison Chock and Evan Bates scored a 90.08 on Friday for their rhythm dance routine at the world championships in Montreal, putting the Americans on the cusp of a second consecutive world title.

Italians Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were in second after notching a 87.52, and home favorites Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada held third with 86.51 ahead of Saturday’s free dance.

Performing to music by Queen, Chock and Bates drew roars from the crowd for their smooth twizzle sequence, closing rotational lift and sassy attitude.


“We went out there, and I know it sounds cheesy, but to have the time of our lives,” said Bates.

“We’ve been looking to a Montreal worlds for a long time.

Being here for an 11th world championships, healthy and still enjoying it all, it’s the greatest victory of all.”