Davis, White: 'Skating takes backseat to tragedy'

If their shot at history has to wait, so be it

By Amy Rosewater, special to icenetwork.com

(03/14/2011) - Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White were looking forward to competing this month at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo to make history.

If Davis and White were to win the world title, they would become the first American ice dancers to reach the top of the world podium. Ice dancing has been part of the world championships since 1952.

But they realize their place in history takes a backseat to the tragedy of historical proportions that has been occurring in Japan. Tokyo had been the planned host of the world championships, which were set to begin March 21, but in the wake of the tsunami, earthquakes and nuclear plant problems, the International Skating Union this morning opted to postpone the championships and possibly cancel them.

The last time the world championships were canceled was 50 years ago when the entire U.S. world team, along with coaches, family members, officials and judges were killed in a plane crash en route to the championships in Prague.

"I definitely think this is the right decision for the ISU to either change the event to a different location or to cancel it altogether,'' Davis said. "It's easy for us to focus on our skating and training, but what's going on in Japan right now is just unfathomable.''

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