Scholastic Kid Reporter, Molly, talks with Meryl and Charlie

U.S. Ice Dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White perform during the exhibition gala at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. The pair won silver medals in the competition. (Photo: Ivan Sekretarev/AP Images)

Champion Ice Dancers

Meryl Davis, Charlie White favored in upcoming competitions

By Molly Pribble | January 6 , 2011

Olympic Silver Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been ice dancing with each other since they were 8 years old.

"It felt odd to be dancing with a girl I'd just met," says White about their first glide across the ice together. "Our Coach used to put stickers on my face so Meryl had something to look at while we were practicing!"

Now in their early 20s, Davis and White are ice dancing champions. After winning silver medals at 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, they skated their way to a second consecutive Grand Prix Final win during competition in Beijing, China in December. They are now preparing to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, January 22-30. Winners will go on to the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan in March.

The pair train at Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Michigan, where they met with this Kid Reporter to talk about their sport.

"Pair skating is more athletic-based with overhead lifts and side-by-side jumps and spins," Meryl explained when asked about the difference between ice dancing and pair skating. "Ice dancing is based on what you would see on a dance floor. The movement is based on the interpretation of the music."

kid reporter molly pribble talks with charlie white and meryl davis
Kid Reporter Molly Pribble talks to Olympic Ice Dancing silver medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Michigan. (Photo courtesy Molly Pribble)

Ice dancing is ballroom dancing on ice, Charlie said, adding that the judging in ice dancing has changed over the years.

"In the early days, the judging of ice dancing was simple," he said. "It was about leg lines matching. Nowadays, the lifts are trickier and there is a lot more speed, which makes ice dancing more exciting to watch."

Tougher judging also makes for a more athletic sport, which means training, training, and more training.

In order to perfect their forms, both take ballet classes along with their hours in the gym and on the ice.

"Of course ballet is not necessarily my favorite part of the day, but is extremely important to our success," Charlie said.

They both feel blessed to be able to live and train so close to home.

"Some kids have to travel across the country to stay committed to the sport they love," Charlie said. "Family support is important to everyone."

Despite all their past wins, these champion ice dancers aren't done dreaming. Both have their sites set on World Championship titles and possibly Olympic gold. Meryl wants to continue to be an Olympian, an athlete, and a scholar. Charlie wants to be the first Olympian to earn medals for both Ice Dancing and Hockey.

Beyond their busy training schedule, Meryl and Charlie still find time for their college studies. They both attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and have advice for kids who are juggling athletics, family, friends, and schoolwork.

"If you really love something, give it your best every day," Meryl said.


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Cute article!

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