Evan Bates and partner Emily Samuelson made their first Olympic team with a third-place finish at the 2010 U.S. Nationals...The University of Michigan sophomore is a huge sports fans... His father and sister are both marathoners, and his brother is a champion dodgeball player.... He lives in a house with competitor Charlie White, also a Michigan student.
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.