First pitch at Detroit Tigers game

Meryl Davis and Charlie White took their teamwork from the ice to the baseball field Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

The figure skaters from Canton -- who last month became the first Americans to win the gold medal in ice dance at the World Figure Skating Championships -- teamed up to deliver one of the ceremonial first pitches before the Tigers' game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Davis, standing on the pitcher's mound, tossed the ball midway to home plate to a waiting White, who caught it barehanded and turned (no, not twizzled) and pitched it into the glove of Ramon Santiago of the Tigers.

"Going to warm up the mound for him," White joked before his toss, referring to Tigers starter Justin Verlander.

The evening was a nice respite from training for the three-time U.S. champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists.

Davis and White took just two weeks off after their victory April 30 in Moscow, returning to practice last week.

They spent several days working with professional dancer Elena Grinenko -- who has appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" -- for the Latin short dance they'll compete this fall.

"We've jumped right back into it," White said.

Davis and White's world gold medal capped a remarkable run for Canton's Arctic FSC, as the other two ice dance teams who joined them on the podium in Moscow -- silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada and the brother-sister team of Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States (bronze) -- all train together and share the same primary coaches in Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva.

The Arctic group will be honored by Canton Township on June 21 at Kicker's All Star Grill at Victory Park, located near the Arctic Edge Arena on Michigan Avenue. The public portion of the celebration begins at 6 p.m.

Next week kicks off two busy months of tours and appearances for the world champions. Included on their schedule is skating in two performances for Detroit Skating Club's ice show to benefit the Red Cross and Japan's tsunami relief efforts on June 9-12.

"The response we've gotten from people, especially people we know really well, has been really emotional and personal," Davis said of their world title. "It's like they're part of the victory, too."


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