Charlie White and Meryl Davis talk about life off the ice
Meryl Davis: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Ice Dancing Gold Medalist
If you watched last night’s first-ever Olympic ice dancing competition, you’ll know that—spoiler alert!—Meryl DavisandCharlie Whitetook home the gold.
The American duo—who have been skating together for a staggering 17 years—executed a flawless routine set to Sheherazade, and beat out their biggest rivals by 4.53 points, Canadian teamTessa VirtueandScott Moir, who nabbed silver (and, interestingly, who are also trained by Davis and White’s coaches,Marina ZouevaandIgor Shpilband.)
Davis and White after winning Gold at Sochi.
While watching, we were fascinated by Davis’ poise, skill, and beauty and decided to do a little digging about the 27-year old. Below, 5 things you need to know about figure skating gold medalist, Meryl Davis.
1. She’s got a long history with partner Charlie White.
Michigan natives Davis and White teamed up in 1997, and they’re currently the longest-lasting dance team in the United States. In a 2009 interview with the News-Herald, Davis said: “Charlie and I grew up 10 minutes apart from each other. Our parents are best friends. We’ve grown together and know each other so well.”
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2. She’s in college now.
Davis attends the University of Michigan part time, where she’s studying in cultural anthropology and Italian. “My dream is to work for National Geographic or the Discovery Channel or something along those lines,” she told SkateToday.com in 2010. She’s also a sorority girl, having joined Delta Delta Delta. Davis was diagnosed with dyslexia in the third grade and she struggled with reading until her third year of high school, according to reports.
3. She’s active on Twitter.
Davis currently has just under 60,000 followers on Twitter (including Ellen Degeneres.)
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4. She’s worked with a “Dancing With the Stars” pro.
As fans of “Dancing with the Stars,” Davis and White contacted five-time winnerDerek Houghthrough their mutual friend, Olympic gold medal ice skaterKristi Yamaguchi, who won season 6 of the show.
“We met and talked music and ideas,” Hough toldPeopleearlier this month, who then reviewed YouTube videos of them before choreographing a My Fair Lady-themed short program for Sochi and working with them first in the studio and then on the ice. “I’ve been rooting for them the whole time. It’s just unbelievable. I’m so happy for them. It couldn’t have happened to two nicer people,” Hough toldPeopleafter last night’s win.
5. Sorry, she and White aren’t dating.
, the duo laughed at the idea that becoming a couple could be a valuable marketing tool to gain endorsements.
“There are some other skating pairs who sort of play with the media, pretending they might be a couple,” Davis said.
Video: Meryl Davis & Charlie White Win Gold - Pairs Ice Dance - Full Event | #Sochi365
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