Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the most decorated American ice dancers in history, yet they do not plan to compete again. Davis and White, both 30 years old, have not competed since they won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. During a year career, the tandem became the Olympic champions, the Olympic silver medalists, two-time World champions , , five-time Grand Prix Final champions and six-time U. Despite a lifetime of success, Davis and White are comfortable moving on from competition and enjoying the sport from the side. Sports Illustrated caught up with Davis and White to chat about their careers, future plans and what it means to be an Olympian. Nihal Kolur : Before we get into any specifics: For those who are unaware, what is the difference between ice dancing and figure skating?
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Meryl Davis born January 1,  is an American ice dancer. With partner Charlie White , she is the Olympic champion , the Olympic silver medalist , a two-time , World champion, five-time Grand Prix Final champion — , three-time Four Continents champion , , and six-time U. They also won a bronze medal in the team event at the Winter Olympics.
Davis and White teamed up in and they are currently the longest lasting dance team in the United States. They are the first American ice dancers to win the World title, as well as the first Americans to win the Olympic title.
UT athletes have compiled 51 Olympic medals all-time, including 31 gold medals, which is more Davis-White qualified for the Olympics by finishing third in the women’s meter Date, Sport, Event, Time (ET), Athlete(s).
AP — As they enter the U. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Meryl Davis and Charlie White ponder just who they are joining in receiving one of the highest honors in their sport. Davis and White, along with training partners and friends Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto , were at the forefront of bringing ice dance to previously unreachable heights for Americans. Once the abyss of the sport, Americans now tend to populate podiums in international competitions. But Davis and White were — and are — about so much more than their on-ice performances.
He now coaches and she has been instrumental in the startup and development of Figure Skating in Detroit , an offshoot of the inner city Figure Skating in Harlem program that has been a rousing success in New York City. We recognized we would have a role as we were ascending and we felt it was a real responsibility. Be thoughtful and considerate with anyone you deal with.
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The big snowboard he carried after finishing fourth in his ballyhooed try for a third straight half-pipe gold medal appeared to weigh him down. The soft snow encumbered his footsteps. And the smile that came so easily in victory suddenly seemed forced. In the first significant upset of these young Sochi Olympics, White failed to earn a medal in the event he not only popularized but rode to wealth and fame.
Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White talk retirement, Olympic Village and more. Author: Nihal Kolur; Publish date: Oct 13,
The pair, who have been skating together since fourth grade, spoke to Cosmopolitan. How do you feel about people who say that ice dancing isn’t a sport? Charlie: I think it’s easy to sit on your couch and say that kind of thing. It’s definitely one of the most physical activities you can take part in. I played hockey when I was young, and it’s definitely on equal footing — the only difference is I didn’t have to look good while playing hockey.
What is your reaction to the rumors that you’re dating each other? Charlie: I didn’t know there were rumors! But, I think we can positively quell those, since we’re both in relationships. It’s tough because on the ice we have to make people believe that we’re in love during our performances, so we’ll take that people think we’re dating as a compliment because I guess we’re doing our job well! But we grew up together and have known each other for so long, so there is a connection there.
On the topic of dating, the Olympic Village is known to be hookup crazy place where everyone’s on Tinder. Tell me more about that. Meryl: [Laughs] Well, we’re definitely not on Tinder, since we’re both in relationships already. Tinder wouldn’t go over very well with our significant others at home.
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Watching Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s breathtaking, gold skating-winning performance at the Olympics this past week, it was practically impossible not to.
I was assigned two sports to cover by my editors at Sports Illustrated: speed skating and ice hockey. It was a lucky draw. Eric Heiden won an unprecedented five skating gold medals and was the cover story the first week. I became hooked on the Winter Olympics for life. That streak ends with Sochi, which I will enjoy from the comfort of my couch. Judging from some of the early media reports urine-colored water, stray dogs in some hotels, unfinished rooms, fields of mud, security concerns, ongoing construction, etc.
Meryl Davis, Charlie White entering US Figure Skating Hall of Fame
He leaves with none. White finished fourth in the men’s halfpipe competition Tuesday night at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, ending his reign as Olympic champion dating to the Games in Turin. The new halfpipe king is Iouri Podladtchikov, a Swiss rider with some of the biggest tricks in snowboarding, including his trademark trick called YOLO, which he landed here on his gold medal run.
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After placing first with a world-record The American duo finished first in both the short and free ice dance in the inaugural team competition, and that helped the U. Each near-flawless performance seemed to be on another level from the rest of the field. Even formidable rivals Virtue and Moir were no match either time. Such was the case in this instance too. Davis and White didn’t need to top their Olympic-record score of White discussed dealing with the expectations of being such heavy favorites before the Olympics commenced, and how he and Davis expect greatness as it is, per NBCOlympics.
I guess I would say that nobody can ever put more pressure on us than we put on ourselves.
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AP — As they enter the U. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Meryl Davis and Charlie White ponder just who they are joining in receiving one of the highest honors in their sport. Davis and White, along with training partners and friends Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, were at the forefront of bringing ice dance to previously unreachable heights for Americans.
Once the abyss of the sport, Americans now tend to populate podiums in international competitions. But Davis and White were — and are — about so much more than their on-ice performances. He now coaches and she has been instrumental in the startup and development of Figure Skating in Detroit, an offshoot of the inner city Figure Skating in Harlem program that has been a rousing success in New York City. We recognized we would have a role as we were ascending and we felt it was a real responsibility.
Be thoughtful and considerate with anyone you deal with. We tried to let our skating do the talking as competitors, but we wanted the way we conducted ourselves off the ice to be professional and helpful to the sport. Meissner, still one of the few American women to master the triple axel, also is one of those rare athletes to be a champion on all level.
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T essa Virtue seems frozen in time. Even now, video of their victory at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea—their final Olympic Games—is still being watched and shared online. There she is: trembling down to her skates, smile splitting her face in half, hands coming up to cover her mouth.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White are poised for an upset, winning the original dance and extending their lead over Olympic silver medalists Tanith energy, surprising because the music started slow and sweet, like a first date.
During the Olympics in Pyeongchang, however, everything is different; the couple recently opened up to. This promising pair took home the gold medal at the U. Championships but finished just short of the podium in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Despite their clearly strong connection, partners Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue said they “hated each other” and were fierce competitors prior to coupling up on the ice in , according to an interview they did with.
They were in a relationship for about two and a half years before calling it off—so they could focus on their performance on the ice, according to the NY Post. With all the success the couple’s had on the ice, you’d think the two would be a perfect match. But aside from a short “dating” stint as 7- and 9-year-old children when they initially started skating together , the two promise they aren’t romantically involved, according to.