White and Davis hope to capture gold in Sochi

Winter Sports
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) – Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the biggest stars on the U.S. ice dancing team. They won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and having just won the 2013 World Championships, are the favorite to bring home gold in Sochi.

“We have worked really hard to get to the point where people expect a lot out of us,” said Davis. “So, I don’t think we are intimidated by it. I think we’re really thriving on the growth that we’ve been experiencing.”

“Technically, I think we’re a very strong team and always have been,” said White. “That’s always been our base, but certainly the maturity that we’ve shown on the ice, the storytelling, the characters and just making it believable.”

There is no question ice dancing is a performance. From the costumes, to the music, to the artistic style of skating, ice dancing has become one of the fan favorites at the Winter Games. Davis and White not only work on their skating skills, but they have also become actors. 

“We work with multiple acting specialists,” said Davis. “We work with a mime, ballet teachers, modern dancers, all sorts of vehicles to get us to where we want to go.”

In a sport that is so inherently intimate, where the skaters can’t be more than two arm lengths from each other at any time, many ice dancers are married or in a relationship. But the best team in the country isn’t. Or are they?

“We’re secretly married,” said White with a sheepish smile. “Shh.”

“It’s true, some married couples do very well,” added Davis. “We’re not and we don’t have any plans for that to happen and we really like it that way. We’ve grown up together in every way, whether it’s on the ice or off the ice. We’ve developed this very special relationship.”

For the first time in the Olympics, there will be a figure skating team medal handed out to an entire country. So, skaters from all the different disciplines will team up to try to win gold.

“It’s really special,” said White, who used to play hockey. “Coming from a history of playing team sports, there’s a certain part of you that sort of kicks it up a notch when you know that other people are counting on you. It’s exciting to see just how great we’re all going to skate when we know that you’re not just skating for yourself, but for something bigger than you.”

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