Emily Samuelson and partner Evan Bates made their first Olympic team with a third-place finish at the 2010 U.S. Nationals... Samuelson began skating at age five while her family was living in Europe for her father's job.... When she was younger she was a finalist in the Miss Teen Michigan Pageant. Samuelson is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan and is taking two classes.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.