Team USA Year in Review

Best of 2011

Team USA had plenty of memorable moments from 2011, and with just seven months to go until the Opening Ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games, there is a lot of momentum for U.S. athletes.

The momentum got rolling in April when Kim Rhode, a four-time Olympic shooter, qualified for a nomination (pending approval by the USOC) for London. A 17-year-old at her first Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, Rhode is now a 32-year-old veteran heading into the 2012 Games in London.

“I’m just truly honored in every aspect of it,” Rhode told back in April. “To have the honor of representing our country for the fifth time, I’m totally stoked about it.”

Rhode wasn’t the only member of Team USA to have a memorable year in 2011.

Here’s a look at some of the top performers from Team USA athletes in 2011

Meryl Davis and Charlie White: The 2010 Olympic silver medalists dominated the ice dancing world in 2011, winning every event they competed in, including the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. They became the first U.S. team to win the world title in ice dancing. The duo also won the 2011 ISU Grand Prix Final, during which it beat Canadian rival and Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

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USA TODAY'S Athletes of the Week

Davis and White win ice dance competition, earn honor

Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the ice dance competition at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix in Quebec City, besting Canada's

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, their training partners and great rivals.

Davis and White are USA TODAY's Olympic Athletes of the Week.
Davis and White, the current world champions, skated an almost flawless short dance and took a .05-point lead in the free dance to beat Virtue and Moir, the 2010 Olympic gold medalists, 188.55 points to 183.34 points.

"The closeness of the points was will drive us even more," said Davis. "We work very hard every day but having Scott and Tessa there right next to us pushes us that much more."

Grand Prix Final coverage

Congrats to Meryl and Charlie for their 3rd GPF win!
Just to state the obvious, but I'm so proud to be their fan! Hope they, their families, and all you fans out there have a happy holiday season!