Detroit News SOI article

April 29, 2010

Olympians in Smucker's Stars on Ice to thrill hometown fans

URSULA WATSON
The Detroit News

Relive the magic of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games when Smucker's Stars on Ice glides into The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday.

This year's Olympic medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both Michigan natives, will skate the Bollywood number that earned them the silver medal.

The tour, which was founded and is produced by Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, also boasts performances from past skating champions, including 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, who also competed in this year's Winter Olympics; 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen; and Todd Eldredge, a world champion and six-time national champion skater.

Davis, of West Bloomfield Township, and White, of Bloomfield Hills, say they haven't had much time to contemplate the future following their heady win. For now, the two, who have skated together for 14 years, are just enjoying being a part of the tour.

"It is a break in terms of the pressure being off and you can enjoy skating," says Davis, 23. But the tour does have its demands, she adds. "We are working really hard each day."

Twenty-two-year-old White says a tour like Smucker's On Ice is a great opportunity for young figure skating hopefuls to see the best in the sport.

"We would go see ice shows when we were younger," he says. "You get to see skaters do some of their best work and see the lighter side of the skaters."

He says the tour also has been a chance for them to talk shop with veteran skaters whom they admire.

"You get to know a skater like Todd Eldredge, who has been around for a long time," White says. "To be on tour with him and others like him is an honor. You can find out what made them so great and, hopefully, it will make us better skaters."

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