Win a gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games? That's reason enough to take time off to rest. But jump back into things and win the Dancing With the Stars Mirrorball trophy? Go on an extended vacation for goodness' sakes! But that's not Olympian Meryl Davis' style. Always one to challenge herself and try new things, Meryl has just partnered with Vera Bradley as its first-ever celebrity brand ambassador, and she returns to the ice tomorrow (with Olympic partner Charlie White and DWTS partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy!) as part of Visionworks Shall We Dance on IceColgate's Skating Series on ABC. I caught up with the effervescent Meryl in between TV appearances (and Oscar events!) to chat handbags, figure skating, and her special friendship with Maks.

Meryl Davis: I wanted this [interview] to be in person!
Glamour: Me too! I was thinking that this Sunday is the Elton John Oscar party, and that’s where we first met a year ago! So happy anniversary to us!
Meryl: Aww! I’m leaving this afternoon, otherwise I wish I could be there. Happy anniversary!
Glamour: Is there a movie you’re rooting for at the Oscars this year?
Meryl: I just watched The Theory of Everything, and I absolutely was blown away. When you get lost in the story, that’s what you want, so I'll definitely be rooting for that.
Glamour: Congrats on your new partnership with Vera Bradley! How many handbags have you received so far?
Meryl: So many, it’s amazing! It is overwhelming and amazing at the same time. I’ve always been a handbag person, so to have access to their collection, I’m just in heaven.
Glamour: What would your handbag say if it could talk?
Meryl: Mine would say “Let’s explore!” I just love going and being comfortable and being on the go and having whatever I need to explore.
Glamour: What’s the most random thing we’d find in your bag?
Meryl: Sometimes even when I don’t take my skates with me, I’ll have stuff that goes with it. I’ll have a towel to dry off my blades!
Glamour: Shall We Dance on Ice airs this weekend on ABC. Who’s decision was it to partner up with some of the Dancing With the Stars pros?
Meryl: They did a show like this four years ago on a much smaller scale, but we didn’t have much to do with it back then. We just jumped at the chance [this time]. It’s so much fun to do what Charlie and I do on the ice, and then jump off the ice and dance with Maks, and then get back on the ice. It was like Christmas! It was very exciting for me.
Glamour: Has Maks gotten on the ice with you?
Meryl: Um, I’ve tried a number of times. He tells me he can skate, but I’m still working on it!
Glamour: When you guys dance together now, how much prep work do you need to do? You’re such a pro that I feel it come second nature at this point.
Meryl: We didn’t have as much time as I was hoping we would because we’re so busy, but he’s good at making me feel comfortable even though we didn’t have as much time as I would have liked. The dances onDWTS are different in that you have cameras that follow you, but the dances for the stage are for the audience, so we needed to tweak those a little bit. But certainly I like to be over prepared and train day in and day out.
Glamour: I get a lot of emails from readers on a daily basis, but the bulk of those emails are about you and Maks.
Meryl: Really?!
Glamour: It’s really cute. Fans can’t get enough of you two. Since it has been a year since you and Maks first met, how has your relationship evolved, specifically after you guys won the Mirrorball trophy?
Meryl: We obviously became incredibly close during the show and sort of coming away from that experience where we were no longer spending every day together, it was interesting to sort of to continue to grow our friendship in a different capacity. I absolutely love him, and he’s an incredible person. We have this friendship that I have no doubt in my mind is a life-long friendship. Getting a chance to know him away from training forDancing With the Stars, I think we’ve gotten a chance to know each other in a different way, which of course just makes you closer.
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Glamour: What does it mean to you that once he won the Mirrorball with you, the experience could never be topped, and he stepped away from the show?
Meryl: [Laughs] It for sure feels special. Charlie and I have been skating together for 18 years, and I can’t imagine skating with anyone else. He’s my lifelong skating partner no matter what. It’s interesting because the Dancing With the Stars season seems to rotate so quickly, and we had such a wonderful bond that to see [Maks] move on to another partner or another season would be difficult. So for him to close that chapter with me makes it extra special.
Glamour: I told the producers last year that I wanted to see you guys do an encore dance, and I think that is especially significant given that this is the 10th anniversary season. Would you still come back and do an encore dance?
Meryl: They haven’t reached out yet, but I would love to. I’m such a fan of the show. I did a radio interview this morning, and they said the show is a fraternity and once you’re a part of it, you’re always a part of it. That’s so true. I had such an amazing experience, and I’m not just a fan of the show, but the people on the show. I would love to go back.
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Glamour: So Charlie’s fiance, Tanith Belbin, has her bachelorette party this weekend, and I know you’ll be going. When the time comes for your wedding, how much would you trust Charlie to plan your bachelorette weekend?
Meryl: Well, I think in trusting Charlie, Tanith would do a lot of the planning, so yes, I would trust them as a duo because they both have great taste!
Glamour: What has their relationship taught you about love? Any advice you can share?
Meryl: They just always have fun together, and that’s so refreshing. They love getting a chance to enjoy spending time together no matter where they are, and that’s really what it’s about, whether you’re 28 or 70. I think loving spending time with that person is the most important thing, so I definitely appreciate that and look up to them in their relationship.
Glamour: At what point do you and Charlie decide whether or not to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics?
Meryl: We’ll talk about it, but we haven’t talked about it at all [yet]. We’ll start to think about it this summer and next fall and then make a decision. We’re doing so many things that we’re loving doing right now, and I think we made a conscious decision after last year’s Olympics to just enjoy for a while. I think with that mentality, whether we decide to return to competition or not, will come from a really healthy and happy place.
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Glamour: You were in the public eye going into the Olympics, but after the Olympics was an entirely different story. What have you learned about yourself this last year?
Meryl: I have learned that I’m a much stronger person than I ever realized. I was a very insecure person growing up, and every year I feel a little bit stronger and more confident in who I am and I really do love it. Whether it’s the Olympics and looking back and saying, ‘That was not easy,’ I’m proud of myself. And then the experience with Dancing With the Stars, I guess I’m loving new experiences and growing and embracing my own strength.
Glamour: Would you ever consider having another home in Los Angeles?
Meryl: Yes! That is very much on the radar.
Glamour: Even [Olympic figure skater] Gracie [Gold] and I were saying that we have to have a frozen yogurt date out here, but we needed you to join us!
Meryl: Yeah! I’m in! You just wait...that’s very much on my radar right now, so you just wait, Jessica!
Shall We Dance on Ice airs on ABC on Saturday, February 21, at 4 P.M. ET. Check your local listings for exact times in your area. An encore showing airs on Saturday, March 7.
Photos: Meryl Davis/Instagram; Maksim Chmerkovskiy/Instagram