A freak accident in practice earlier this week has sidelined 2010 U.S. Olympians, Emily Samuelson & Evan Bates. The Michigan duo was on the ice and training for the upcoming season when, during a lift, Samuelson’s blade severed Bates’ Achilles tendon. Bates successfully underwent a 90-minute surgery on Thursday and the estimated recovery time is six months, effectively putting them out for the competitive season. This will be the first extended break from the ice for Bates since he started in the sport 14 years ago. Bates will begin his recovery at home in Ann Arbor, as he must keep his leg over his head for at least two weeks to ensure the most successful result.
On Friday, the team withdrew from the I.S.U. Grand Prix series and will make an official statement about January’s U.S. National Championships at a later date. During Bates’ recovery, Samuelson will continue skating. Although the injury is a setback, the team is looking forward to returning to the ice as a team for years to come.
In lieu of gifts, Samuelson & Bates have suggested that their fans and supporters can donate to the Memorial Fund in the team’s honor for their lost season. In addition, anyone wishing to send messages of support to Samuelson & Bates may do so in care of their training location:
Emily Samuelson/Evan Bates
c/o The Arctic Edge
46615 Michigan Avenue
Canton, MI 48188
Ice-dance.com will continue to bring you news and updates as we receive them from Samuelson, Bates, and their families.