But to become the fifty-first, Evan had to explain to his academic advisor that, thanks to his skating schedule, he could only take classes at eight or nine in the morning, or after five at night—times most students do everything they can to avoid.”I don’t think this school is for you,” the advisor said, and suggested Bates defer his admission.
Undeterred, Bates found classes to fit his schedule, including a statistics lecture that met from six to nine on Monday nights.
At the Vancouver Olympics, three pairs of American ice dancers finished in the top eleven.
That’s an impressive achievement in a sport long dominated by Europeans and especially Russians, whose various teams have won all but two gold medals since the Olympics adopted the sport in 1976. S., Charlie White and Meryl Davis took the silver, and Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto just missed out on the bronze, finishing a very respectable fourth.
“After a long day on the ice,” he says, “that’s the worst thing ever.”They both take two classes a semester, but still have to miss two or three weeks each term to travel to national and international competitions.