Mathew Gates

Mathew Gates (born June 29, 1975) is a British-American former competitive ice dancer. With Eve Chalom, he is the 1996 Nebelhorn Trophy silver medalist and a two-time (1997, 1999) U.S. national silver medalist. He has medaled seven consecutive times at the US National Championships from Novice to Senior level. Gates is a two-time World competitor and member of Team USA.

Mathew Gates
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1975-06-29) June 29, 1975 (age 44)
Hitchin, England
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former partnerEmilie Nussear
Eve Chalom
Former coachElizabeth Coates, Igor Shpilband, Warren Maxwell, Christopher Dean, Tatiana Tarasova, Nikolai Morozov, Maia Usova
Skating clubDallas FSC
Former training locationsDetroit Skating Club, Newington, Connecticut;
Plano, Texas
Began skating1988

Personal lifeEdit

Gates was born June 29, 1975 in Hitchin, England.[1] He moved to the United States in 1992.[2] He is married to Kelly Gates (who is a former professional figure skater) and has two children.


Gates started skating as a singles skaters before focusing on ice dancing. He was coached by Elizabeth Coates in England before he relocated to the U.S.[2]

Partnership with ChalomEdit

Gates teamed up with American skater Eve Chalom in 1992, following a tryout in Boston arranged by Coates.[2] They decided to represent the United States. After winning national titles on the novice level in 1993 and on the junior level in 1995, the duo took bronze at the 1996 U.S. Championships in their first season as seniors.[3]

In the 1996–97 season, Chalom/Gates were awarded silver at the 1996 Nebelhorn Trophy and debuted on the Champions Series (later known as the Grand Prix series). They also won silver at the 1997 U.S. Championships and were assigned to the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne, where they placed 17th.

Chalom/Gates were ineligible for the 1998 Winter Olympics because he was not yet an American citizen.[2] They finished fourth at the 1998 U.S. Championships. They were coached by Coates and Igor Shpilband until the end of the 1997–98 season and then switched to Christopher Dean and Warren Maxwell in Plano, Texas.[3][4] In their final season together, Chalom/Gates won their second national silver medal and finished 17th at the 1999 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Chalom/Gates skated professionally in numerous ice shows, and were invited to perform for the Champions on Ice Tour.

Later careerEdit

In January 2002, Gates tried out with Emilie Nussear on the advice of a coach, Tatiana Tarasova.[1] Nussear/Gates won the silver medal at the 2002 Karl Schäfer Memorial and placed 5th at the 2003 U.S. Championships. They were coached by Tarasova, Nikolai Morozov, and Maia Usova in Newington, Connecticut.[1]

Gates began working as a coach and choreographer by 2000.[5] He has coached skaters from the beginner level up to World & Olympic level. Former students include: Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Zachary Donahue, Nikolaj Sorensen, among others. He is also an International Technical Specialist for the United States.[6] Gates currently coaches in Charlotte, NC though travels to choreograph for international skaters.


With ChalomEdit

Season Original dance Free dance

With NussearEdit

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Waltz
  • Polka
  • Waltz


GP: Champions Series / Grand Prix

With ChalomEdit

Event 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99
Worlds 17th 17th
GP Cup of Russia 8th 5th
GP Nations Cup 9th 9th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
GP Skate America 7th
GP Skate Canada 7th
Nebelhorn Trophy 12th 2nd
St. Gervais 10th 8th
Basler Cup 3rd
International: Junior[3]
Junior Worlds 14th
U.S. Champ. 1st N 3rd J 1st J 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd
Levels – N: Novice; J: Junior

With NussearEdit

Event 2002–03
GP Skate America 7th
Karl Schäfer Memorial 2nd
U.S. Championships 5th


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Emilie NUSSEAR / Mathew GATES: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 28, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c d Moran, Edward (January 7, 1998). "She Answers To Challenge; Chalom Overcomes Disability To Dance With The Best On Ice". Philadelphia Daily News.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "CHALOM Eve / GATES Mathew". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Stevens, Ryan (May 5, 2014). "Interview With Eve Chalom". Skate Guard.
  5. ^ "INTERVIEWS: Mathew Gates". October 19, 2003. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007.
  6. ^ "Communication No. 1467". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03.

External linksEdit