GPF off ice photos and old iSkate Magazine article

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"Getting Ready – It Ain’t Easy Elite ice dance teams prepare for the new season by Alexandra Stevenson”
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the US Olympic silver medallists, created a sensation last season gaining the silver in their first Olympics, followed by their first World championship medal (another silver). They also set off a tidal wave of interest in the sport with their ground-breaking Indian Original Dance, which was a smash in that country on YouTube.

However, they recently suffered a major blow to their pride at their national training camp in Colorado Springs in late August. All the US skaters scheduled for Grand Prix events took part. Meryl and Charlie presented parts of their new Short Dance, set to music from the charming French movie, Amelie, to a closed-door panel of judges and performance evaluators at the US Olympic Center, which oversees all sports.

To everyone’s surprise, it wasn’t a success. Speaking in their light, airy home rink in Canton, Michigan, after being observed by this writer practising for almost four hours straight, Charlie admitted with a grimace, “We’ve had criticism in the past that we aren’t dancey enough. So we wanted to move more in that direction.” However, the advisers obviously thought, “Heck, no! Don’t fool with success! You’re a powerful team. You want to show case your strengths.”

Meryl explained, “We got off to a late start this season because we did about 40 stops on the Stars on Ice tour all around the US. We rushed away from Torino because the tour started just a couple of days after Worlds. So, when it ended, we needed to take a bit of a rest. We went to (separate) sunny resorts to chill out.”

She admitted, “Having to get ready for the first Grand Prix is pushing it a bit with starting over from scratch.” Their new Short is set to very well known pieces from Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s La Vie Boheme. Their Free Dance is all Tango. It starts with music from the soundtrack of Il Postino by Luis Bacalov and then goes into two pieces from Forever Tango by Lisandro Adrover – ‘Payadora’ and ‘Recuerdo’.

The world’s very top skaters are normally given their choice of Grand Prix assignments. Meryl and Charlie knew the US would want them for Skate America, but they didn’t get to choose their second one. Meryl explained, “We weren’t reachable when the ISU had to be informed of the choice, so we actually didn’t participate in that decision.” So, they were assigned the first of the six events, the NHK in Nagoya, Japan, October 24-24. “We definitely wish we had more time,” Charlie explained.

He also assured this writer that he will be going back to his former trademark voluminous blond curls. He currently sports a very short cut. “It’s summer for goodness sake. It’s too hot to wear it any other way. It’ll grow back.”


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