Olympic Send Off Pep Rally Coverage

Canton throws Meryl Davis, Charlie White a spirited rally

David Goricki / The Detroit News


Canton -- Hundreds of citizens from Canton showed up Tuesday night at the Summit on the Park Community Center to show their support for the U.S. Olympic ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White during the "Olympic Send Off Pep Rally."


Davis and White have trained at the Arctic Edge facility in Canton, preparing for their first Winter Olympics. They're ranked No. 1 in the world and will leave for Vancouver on Feb. 11.


Davis, 23, a graduate of Birmingham Groves, was thrilled with the pep rally. She feels fortunate to train close to home and attend the University of Michigan where she's majoring in Anthropology.


Davis and White beat Olympic and world silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto in the U.S. Championships last month in Spokane, Wash., for their second-straight U.S. ice dance title."The Canton community has really embraced us," Davis said. "My Mom was a teacher in Plymouth-Canton schools for 30 years, so it's kind of been a home away from home for me for a long time. It's a great community very supportive."

"It's been a little crazy, a little hectic," said White, 22, a graduate of Bloomfield Hills Roeper and also a student at Michigan. "Right now we're trying to slow things down, just focus on training. "


So will Canton's citizens be putting on a Gold Medal Party when Davis and White return from Vancouver?

"We have as good of a chance as anyone," Davis said. "I think there are a lot of teams who have a shot at the gold medal and we're one of them so it's a really exciting prospect for us."


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