Interview with WorldSkating blog

Thanks Vlad! Full Interview HERE.

- Hi Meryl and Charlie! First I would like to congratulate you on your Grand Prix Final victory! What are your impressions of these past competitions? What did you like the most this season there?

Meryl/Charlie: Hi Vlad! Thanks so much! Charlie and I can't believe we're already through the first part of the season; it's been such a whirlwind! Overall, this season hasn't been the easiest we've had. Coming off the Olympic Games and all that followed, we found getting ready for the 2010/2011 season to be quite a challenge.

In addition to a substantially decreased amount of prep-time, we've really been looking to focus on taking our skating to a new level, which posed additional challenges. Despite a slow start, we are feeling great! Going into the U.S. National Championships, we're feeling strong and more excited about our skating than ever. I think the most exciting thing about the season thus far, has been challenging ourselves and working hard to make strides in our skating.

GPF off ice photos and old iSkate Magazine article

Grand Prix Final photos. Source here.






"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.”

2011 DSC Champions Ice Revue

Top skaters to perform at Bloomfield Hills ice revue

By JO-ANN BARNAS
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

Revue To Feature Top Skaters
The Detroit Skating Club will feature an all-star cast at its annual Champions Ice Revue next month in Bloomfield Hills.

The event, held annually to give competitors a chance to perform their programs in front of an audience before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and other competitions, will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Detroit SC.

Tickets are $20 for gold seats and $12 for general admission seating. Call 248-332-3000 for more information.

Athletes scheduled to perform in the exhibition include:

• Olympic ice dance silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who recently won their second straight ISU Grand Prix Final title in Beijing.

• Alissa Czisny, 2009 U.S. ladies champion, who captured the gold medal at the Grand Prix final.

• Jeremy Abbott, who'll be trying to win his third consecutive U.S. men's title next month in Greensboro, N.C.

• Canadian bronze medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, fifth-place finishers in the Grand Prix Final.

• Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic, who placed fifth in the men's event in the Grand Prix final. Verner is scheduled to be in town that week; his programs were choreographed by the Detroit SC's Pasquale Camerlengo.

Others scheduled to perform include men's competitor Grant Hochstein of the St. Clair Shores FSC and additional qualifiers from the Detroit SC who will be competing at nationals Jan. 23-30 in Greensboro.

Contact JO-ANN BARNAS: 313-222-2037 or jbarnas@freepress.com. Read more in her Olympics blog at freep.com/olympicsblog.


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2011 Nationals Schedule

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Universal Sports video

Grand Prix Final coverage

Congratulations! 2010 GPF Champions!!

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Short Dance (no commentary)
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