Summer Spotlight with Meryl and Charlie

Source: Fromtheboards
Excerpt of full interview below:

While the champs tried to downplay the history-making potential before Worlds, there’s no denying they understand — and appreciate — what the medal means now.

“It means everything,” White said. “It’s all the hard work you put into something like figure skating in the cold, since you were a little kid. It’s really nice to have it pay off in the end and just recognize that everything you’ve done has really led to something special.”

“Talking with previous American ice dance teams [about] how hard they worked and how amazingly talented they were, and representing our country and our sport within our country, being the first to be able to achieve something like that is such an honor for us,” Davis said.

An honor, and a fitting tribute to the dedicated partners. For two skaters to stay so long together is more a novelty than the norm. Charlie credits their longevity to their focus.

“I think we both have a very similar work ethic and we always have,” he said.”You really have to be on the same page if you want to be able to accomplish anything.”

2011-2012 Grand Prix Assignments

Meryl and Charlie will be at Skate America and Rostelecom Cup!

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Local article about Canton Victory Ceremony

Skaters With Local Ties Honored for Showing at World Championships
By Sean Flynn

The Arctic Edge has earned some new hardware for its trophy display case – or rather, its skatershave.

Three ice-dancing pairs took center stage in April at the World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, earning a unique place in the history books.

Two U.S. teams and one Canadian team – all of whom skate out of the Arctic Edge, under the tutelage of world-renowned coaches Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva – executed the first three-team sweep in skating, bringing home to Canton the gold, silver and bronze medals.

“I am proud of everything we were able to accomplish,” said Charlie White, who grabbed the gold medal with his U.S. skating partner, Meryl Davis. “Obviously, we skated well, but it was thinking back on everything we had to go through that me most proud.”

Canadian skaters Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue won the silver medal, and U.S. dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani, a brother-and-sister pair, earned the bronze medal.

No skating club has ever secured all three medals in a single category – in this case, ice dancing – in world competition.

“I am very proud,” said Zoueva. “From an individual competition, we have really created a team sport.”

The six skaters and their coaches were all honored by the Arctic Edge – in partnership with Canton Township – at a ceremony Tuesday at Kicker’s All Star Grill in the Canton Sports Center.

Several Arctic Edge and Canton officials addressed the gathered crowd. Township Supervisor Phil LaJoy praised the ice dancing champions for representing Canton's dedication to excellence, and Canton Leisure Services sports and recreation coordinator Ann-Marie Carravallah called the opportunity to be around such talent "a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Before a crowd of young figure skaters -- clad in brightly colored skating uniforms, clutching skates and photos to be signed by the medalists -- Arctic Figure Skating Club President Diane Keils thanked the honorees for showing the younger generations of skaters how hard work and determination pays off.

Jason Varlesi, marketing director for the Arctic Edge also said that having such talent around the rinks was immeasurable, and that as a result many of the younger kids in the skating programs go on to success in college -- and beyond.

"These guys can skate anywhere in the world," he said of the world champion ice dancers. "But they chose to come to our rink. I think that says a lot."

After addressing a crowd of family and friends, as well as Canton and Arctic Edge officials, the medal winners joined their adoring fans for pizza – and a few autographs with some of the club’s younger skaters.

“We had a great time,” said Alex Shibutani, 20, who is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. “It was a great event. We love training here.”

Maia Shibutani, 16, attends Huron High School in Ann Arbor and plans to follow in her brother’s footsteps and attend U of M when she graduates

White, 24, and Davis, 23, also attend the University of Michigan. Virtue, 22, is studying at the University of Windsor; she and Moir, 23, are both from London, Ontario.

Canton Victory Party

photos from M&C's facebook page and below article link

Victory party honors elite Canton skaters

Tandems, coaches motivated for even more success

BY JO-ANN BARNAS

With blue and silver balloons dancing above the tables -- and with the skaters' top performances playing on an overhead television -- Canton Township on Tuesday was finally able to throw its ice dancing champions a hometown victory party.

The event honored the success of the Arctic FigureSkating Club and its trio of teams that swept the podium at the world championships on April 30 in Moscow: gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S.; silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada; and bronze medalists Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani of the U.S.

Although the event was a celebration of the past, it was clear that it has been full-steam ahead for the skaters and their coaches. "The minute worlds ended, you start thinking about next season," said Igor Shpilband, who coaches the teams with Marina Zoueva.

Zoueva added: "This has energized me. We're doing it absolutely right. We have individual success but in our group, it's a team."

So what has been happening at the Arctic Edge Arena the past few weeks? Plenty.

Each of the world team medalists have been training and working on new lifts and programs -- including Virtue and Moir, the 2010 Olympic gold medalists, who said they haven't decided whether they're going to compete next season.

Meanwhile, in keeping with tradition, the coaches and teams are holding off revealing the music selections for their programs until later this summer.

"We do have music, but it's going to be a surprise," said Alex Shibutani, who competes with his sister.

White said with a smile: "When we build it, you will know."

Shpilband said that Madison Chock, who took ninth at worlds with Greg Zuerlein (who retired after the season), has had several tryouts with potential partners. There's also the news of another acclaimed team that has split: Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates.

Samuelson and Bates, two-time U.S. medalists and 2010 Olympians who have competed together since 2001, ended their partnership several weeks ago, their coaches said. They didn't compete last season because of Bates' severe Achilles' tendon injury; each is looking for new partners.

As for Davis and White, who became the first American ice dancers to win the gold medal at worlds in Moscow, they don't intend on growing tired of being introduced as world champions this upcoming season.

"We're at the point in our careers where we've learned to enjoy every aspect of it," Davis said.

Chicago Tribune: Fathers Day article

On Father's Day, the new sporting dynamic

Daughters note dads' roles in their athletic careers

Globetrotting

Philip Hersh

4:44 PM CDT, June 18, 2011

Over my four decades as a sports journalist, the most significant change in the U.S. sporting scene has been the ever-expanding participation of girls and women.

What began with the passage of Title IX in 1972 has developed into women seizing the opportunity to compete in every sport.

And that has created a new domestic dynamic: dads having a catch with daughters; coaching them; joining them as fans; sharing in their sporting successes and failures.

I asked several leading female athletes to talk about what their dads had meant to their sporting careers - in terms of both support and advice.

Their answers are the best way to say HappyFather's Day.


Meryl Davis, reigning ice dance world champion and Olympic silver medalist with partner Charlie White, on Paul Davis:

Something my dad has always done, and continues to do, is talk to me about how much my skating career has enhanced my life. Over the years, skating has taken me around the world, introduced me to classical music, inspirational people, all different kinds of dance, and has instilled qualities in me that have shaped who I have become on and off the ice.

Keeping a healthy perspective on life is something my parents have worked hard to help me achieve, and understanding the capacity my skating career plays in my life does just that.

Whether a competition is a great success or a terrible flop, I know my dad will be waiting at home to tell me how proud he is of my efforts and the way I handle myself. That kind of support is invaluable, and helps me realize that what lies beyond the medals themselves is of much greater importance.


Photo: World champion Meryl Davis and her dad, Paul, before she and ice dance partner Charlie White threw out the first pitch at a Tigers' game this spring. (Courtesy Meryl Davis)


For what other athletes had to say, HERE'S the full article

Sneak peak of 2012 Calendar

found HERE.

Canton ice dance celebration event


2011 World Ice Dance Champions To Appear In Canton Community

(Canton, MI – June 14, 2011)

The Canton Community will host a special event in celebration of the 2011 World Figure Skating Championship Ice Dance Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalists, who all currently train year-round at Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, MI. These World Champions achieved the extremely amazing feat of an unprecedented podium sweep in the ice dance category held in Moscow, Russia this past April to bring home Gold, Silver and Bronze to the Canton community.

This congratulatory special event is scheduled to take place at Kickers All Star Grill, located at 46555 W. Michigan Avenue, in Canton, MI on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 6-7 p.m. Canton Township employees and Arctic Figure Skating Club members are set to honor these competitors from 5-6 p.m., while the public is invited to attend a meet-and-greet from 6-7 p.m. to celebrate the achievements of these three talented ice-dancing teams and coaches who have spent months training on the ice at Canton’s Arctic Edge Ice Arena, located at 46615 Michigan Avenue.

The world watched as: Meryl Davis and Charlie White of Team USA received the Gold Medal; Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Team Canada took the Silver Medal; and Maia and Alex Shibutani of Team USA were awarded the Bronze Medal in Moscow, Russia on April 30, 2011.

The Canadian Team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir also earned the 2010 Gold Medal in Ice Dancing at the Vancouver Olympics, while the American Team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White received the 2010 Silver Medal in Ice Dancing at the same Olympics.

All three pairs of these World Ice Dance Champions currently dedicate hundreds of hours training on the ice at Canton’s Arctic Edge Ice Arena year round and incredibly are all trained by the same coaches, Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva. Last month Shpilband and Zoueva were recently recognized by the Professional Skaters Association as Coaches and Choreographers of the year. Igor Shpilband was also elected to the Professional Skaters Hall of Fame for the United States.

Zoueva is a Russian-Canadian ice dancing coach and choreographer. Together with Igor Shpilband, she coaches and choreographs for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won the gold medal for Canada; and Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the American silver medalists. Shpilband, a former Soviet ice dancer and current ice dancing coach, was born in Moscow and defected to the United States in January 1990. Shpilband became a naturalized United States citizen in 2000. These elite coaches continue to work with world-class athletes in Canton, MI,

Hosted by Canton Township and Arctic Edge Ice Arena, this World Figure Skating Championship celebration will give the community a chance to join these athletes for a special congratulatory meet and greet that will include photo opportunities as well as refreshments. For more information on Canton’s special World Championship Ice Dancing Celebration, call 734/483-5600 or visit Cantonfun.org

Media Contacts: Ann-Marie Carravallah, Sports Recreation Coordinator - 734/394-5359 or Jason Varlesi, Arctic Edge Ice Arena Marketing Director - 734/487-7830

Keynote speakers for Comcast leadership event

top photos from HERE


Davis, White to speak at Comcast leadership event
Event will honor Michigan high school seniors

Michigan high school seniors, recipients of the 2011 "Leaders and Achievers" Scholarship, will be recognized June 14 by the Comcast Foundation at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. 100 students were each awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. Comcast works with high school principals, guidance counselors and school administrators to select the scholarship recipients.
Special guests and keynote speakers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, America's first-ever world champions in ice dancing and 2010 Olympic silver medalists, will deliver inspirational remarks to a crowd or more than 225 guests on the steps of the Capitol. Born and raised in Michigan and current college students at the University of Michigan, Davis and White will share their stories of how perseverance and hard work have paid off both on the ice and in daily life.

The 2011 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, one of the Comcast Foundation's signature community investment programs, recognizes students who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic achievement and a commitment to community service. The Comcast Foundation was founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives.

Special Announcement: Two Leaders and Achievers scholarship winners will be awarded an additional scholarship of $5,000 each during the program, and two netbook computers will be awarded as well. Winners will be selected randomly.

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Readers Choice Award + another congratulatory montage

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