Vancouver Olympians back in winter mode

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Joanne C. Gerstner/Red Line Editorial October 27, 2010

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White (L) of the USA perform.

It’s a complicated situation.

Members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team dedicated their lives to training and preparing for the Games last February in Vancouver. They rejoiced with their coaches and families after they qualified for the team.

The Opening Ceremony, competition and Closing Ceremony went by in a blur, and then the Olympic Winter Games are over.

The athletes are left with a lot of decisions to make. Should they continue training for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will take place in Sochi, Russia? Is it time to retire? Or is it best to take a break for a bit and then come back?

The answers are as individual as the athletes themselves. Here’s a look at what some of the stars of the Vancouver Games are up to now that the winter sports season is back in full swing:


Meryl Davis and Charlie White, silver medalists, ice dance: The pair is back to training at the Arctic Ice Arena in Canton, Mich. Life became hectic after their excellent showing in Vancouver, putting them in demand for shows and personal appearances.

They’ve been hailed for their success before a University of Michigan football game (they’re both students there), Davis received the highest national award from her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, and both will be grand marshals of the upcoming big Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit.

“Things were particularly difficult for us this year because we did the Stars on Ice tour and then we got such a late start with our programs,” Davis, 23, said. “…We’ve had a lot of fun, but now we’re getting back to business as much as we can.”

White, also 23, agreed.

“It’s a challenge,” he said, “but we prepare ourselves well and we like to hold ourselves to a high standard.”

The two don’t appear to have skipped a beat. In their opening international competition, the NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan, last week, they dominated the event and finished first.

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