These duos sizzle on the ice—find out if they're a couple off the rink
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
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In their second year as ice dancing partners, Madison Chock, 21, and Evan Bates, 24, took home the 2013 U.S. Championships silver medal and claimed the bronze medal at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. You can expect the dynamic duo to bring some major power to Sochi, but despite their obvious charisma, they’re not a couple. [Tweet this news!] Chock is dating fellow ice dancer Deividas Stagniunas, and Bates is single. “I look for someone who I enjoy spending time with,” he says. “Apart from physical attraction, I think companionship is important if you want it to last."
Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay
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Felicia Zhang, 20, and Nathan Bartholomay, 24, have also only been skating together a little more than two years, but you'd never know it from their sexy synergy on the ice. Despite that heat, the U.S. figure skaters are single. Zhang says her perfect mate would be both athletic and funny, while Bartholomay says he looks for quiet, down-to-earth, and overall fun people.
Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers
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Three-time Canadian bronze medalists Paige Lawrence, 23, and Rudi Swiegers, 26, have been skating together since 2005. Though it’s easy to think their perfect partnership might extend beyond the rink, both are in relationships—with other people. Swiegers has been dating his girlfriend for more than three years after meeting at a party, and Lawrence met her boyfriend, who's a bullfighter in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, through mutual friends.
Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam
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Ice dancing partners for five years, Canadians Alexandra Paul, 22, and Mitchell Islam, 23, make an adorable couple. Paul likes Islam's friendship and fun personality, and he likes her love of working hard—so much so that they're dating and live together. “Somehow we haven’t gotten tired of one another,” Islam says. “We’re both pretty easy-going people, so that has kept things smooth.”
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje
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Expect Canadian ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje to heat things up at Sochi, their first Olympics. They’ve been through everything from big wins and disappointing losses to nagging injuries, so it makes sense that they’re committed—to their sport. “Skating takes up such a huge part of my time and energy, I don't really have many friends outside of the sport!” Weaver, 24, says. Twenty-six-year-old Poje says he's too busy to even look for love, but he wants someone honest whom he can talk to easily and who finds humor in all types of situations.
Stacey Kemp and David King
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Eight-time British pairs champions Stacey Kemp, 25, and David King, 29, teamed up in 2003 and have wowed audiences with their insane chemistry and crazy skills ever since. In 2005, they started dating, and then King proposed at the closing ceremony of their first Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010. “What can I say?” King says of Kemp. “She's beautiful, dainty, strong, happy, and we connect on every level and have a lot of fun together.”
Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland
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Three-time British national champions Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland, both 24, have been awarded a slew of medals since pairing up in 2005. From the 2014 European bronze to six international medals, these ice dancers are a natural fit in work and play. “We started dating after we began skating together, and it works really well because we have the same goals and aspirations,” Buckland says. “People are surprised because we work and live together, but we get on so well it makes training so easy.”
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir
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Americans Marissa Castelli, 23, and Simon Shnapir, 26, considered splitting up after their fifth-place finish at the 2012 U.S. Championships, but a frank talk from their coach (and a few deep breaths) had them going all-in ever since. And even though they exhibit obvious chemistry when the skates are on, the two aren’t an item. “I find it compliment when people assume we’re dating,” Castelli says. “It means we’re doing a really good job on the ice.”
Meryl Davis and Charlie White
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Team USA ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 26, have skated together for 17 years and look so natural holding hands that most people assume they’re an item—but they're not. [Tweet this fact!] “We’re very upfront with our relationship and have made it very clear we’re not dating, but we take it as a compliment and it doesn’t bother us,” Davis, 27, says. “For the last 15 years we've spent just about every day together, but we’re just friends and business partners, which is already complicated enough.”