teamusa.org article about 2011 goals

Team USA excited for 2011

Brandon Penny January 03, 2011

It was an exciting and successful year for Team USA. Now that 2011 has begun, athletes are looking forward to another year filled with the challenges and victories that lie ahead.

A new year also means athletes are moving another step closer to the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. They are assessing their performances from the past year and forming goals to better themselves in 2011 – both athletically and personally.

Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White have their sights set on accomplishing something no American ice dancers have done before – becoming world champions.

“We’ve accomplished so much already but sort of the one thing that we haven’t is becoming the world champions so that’s really our goal for this year,” White said.

It is a realistic goal considering all they achieved in 2010. They started the year off by becoming only the third American ice dance pair in history to medal at The Olympics by earning silver in Vancouver. The next month they took silver at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

This season they earned gold at NHK Trophy, Skate America and the Grand Prix Final, and are expected to dominate at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Jan. 22-30.

As much as they have accomplished, this pair is never complacent – the two seem to keep evolving.

“We decided to do the tango this season for our free dance, which for us is a bit of a challenge and we really wanted to focus on the passion and the connection between us and exuding that sensual feeling to the audience,” Davis said.

The 20-somethings are also realizing personal goals for the new year.

“I’m realizing how quickly life goes by and it’s becoming really important to me to spend time with people I care about and doing things that make me happy and really just living my life as best I can,” Davis said.

For White, there is one resolution he seems to set every year: remember to take more pictures. With all of the many countries he and Davis visit each year it’s important to capture those places and competitions in photos so they can always recall the memories they made.

"You make so many memories that they do tend to blend together so by taking pictures it helps you sort through them and remember different things,” White said. “These moments are very special and I’d like to remember them down the line.”

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