Champs Camp 2011

Checking in with Meryl and Charlie
Fun Q&A with Meryl and Charlie

For those who can't view the video...

M&C are asked about their guilty pleasure this summer.
They pause, look at each other, and laugh.
C: Just lounging. We get a break, and then we hit the rink pretty hard. At this point, it's the dog days of summer so I think being able to collapse at home, knowing there are things I should be doing is probably my guilty pleasure.
M: For me, I think it's looking at furniture online. I bought a condo in June, and I also renovated a little bit, and I'm going to totally redo it, so I'm online when I'm not doing schoolwork or skating looking at furniture and stuff like that.

#1 most overplayed song at the ice arena
C: haha...we don't listen to too much beside our programs
M: (looks at Charlie and interjects) We No Speak Americano. There's a song that came out awhile ago called We No Speak Americano and everytime it comes on, I think everyone else likes it except for Charlie (Charlie laughs), Charlie does a dash to the music box to turn it off. But other than that (Charlie finishes the's just our programs, which are also overplayed too much). Meryl: true

If you could have 1 quality from any other skater that you could just take from them and incorporate it into your skating, what would it be?
C: Um...we were just in Japan doing a show with Takahito Kozuka and the way he bends his knees and his spreadeagle are, I don't think I've ever seen anyone do it quite like that, and I'm always so jealous because b/c I can barely spreadeagle, and he's just such a fantastic skater.
M: For me, I think it's just the long legs. You know, I think my proportions work well for ice dance but all the time when you're watching, you know, the girls with the long thin legs, it's's something I would like to have...haha.

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"Long Live" montage

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Preseason update

There's no time to waste in Canton

World's top three ice dance teams hard at work

By Klaus-Reinhold Kany and Lynn Rutherford, special to

(08/08/2011) - Things are humming at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Mich., with skaters and coaches working out the details of new programs from dawn till dusk.

Some of their students took much-needed short breaks, but after winning all three ice dance medals at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow in late May, coaches Marina Zoueva and Igor Shpilband have hardly had a day off. The month's delay holding worlds simply didn't allow it.

"Igor and Marina started to get some ideas for the new season before worlds and we had already chosen the music," Charlie White, who won a first-ever U.S. world ice dance gold with Meryl Davis, said.

"I've always liked the film La Strada (The Road) and its soundtrack by Nino Rota. Not many dance teams have skated to this music the last few years. We decided to use it because we want to portray characters in our program, in addition to showing all of the elements. We want to be actors on the ice."

Federico Fellini's 1954 film, which tells the sad story of an impoverished young woman sold by her mother to an itinerant performing strongman, certainly opens up new avenues for expression. The music was most famously used by Finnish skaters Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko during the 1993/1994 season.

Davis and White chose three Latin pieces for the short dance: "Batucadas" by Mitoka Samba, "Life is a Carnival" (the required rumba) by various artists and "On the Floor" by Jennifer Lopez.

"Not everything is ready yet, because we were in Japan for the "The Ice" tour in July, doing eight shows, which was great,"

White said."We're not rushing into the season. We will start [competing] with Skate America in October, plus Cup of Russia a month later. We decided to do only two Grand Prix, plus hopefully the Final, and not three. We were satisfied with the amount of competitions we did last season and don't want to get too stressed."

Sun Valley Ice Show-Aug. 13

Sun Valley´s Ice Heats Up At Night

Join the excitement every Saturday night, July 2 through September 3 as we present our world-famous Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows under the stars featuring a showcase of Olympic medalists and world-class figure skaters. Enjoy the gourmet dinner buffet and ice show on the outdoor Lodge Terrace or view all the action in our bleacher seating close to the ice. Core skaters like Craig Heath, Ashley Clark, Darlin Baker, Jozef Sabovcik, Elena Leonova and Andrei' Khvalko, and Dan Hollander, will be joined this summer by Irina Grigorian, Nathan Chen, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre.

Tickets may be purchased online at, at the Sun Valley Recreation Office 208-622-2135 or toll free 888-622-2108, or at the gate prior to the show. Tickets are non-refundable.

Mention in article about Twitter

10 Things Twitter Won't Tell You

Sara Germano

1. "Want to make a big impact? Good luck."

Twitter, the social-media platform that lets users communicate in short posts called tweets, has

exploded since its launch in 2006, from 15,000 accounts then to 200 million today. "Active users" attract an average of just under 5,000 followers (those who choose to receive a given user's tweets automatically), according to independent research site Twitalyzer -- but the number of subscribers isn't necessarily the best measure of impact. "Not all Twitter accounts are created equal," says Twitalyzer creator Eric Peterson.Harvard Business Review found 10 percent of users create 90 percent of Twitter's content. But while Lady Gaga and President Obama rank among the most followed (roughly 12 million and 9 million, respectively), Twitalyzer each day deems a different user "most influential" -- like San Francisco "interaction designer" Joshua Kaufman, who has fewer than 7,000 followers. "It's not a popularity contest," says Peterson; it's the frequency and volume of communication -- how often and with whom you converse -- that determines who's making a mark. Twitter, for its part, says you can have an impact whether you have "five followers or 5 million."

9. "You'll just have to trust us."

When it comes to celeb tweeters, Twitter helps you distinguish authentic accounts from fakes, marking "verified" profiles with a blue check mark. But when it comes to the specifics on how they're earned, no one's telling. Charlie White and Meryl Davis, the 2011 World Figure Skating Champions in ice dance, use separate Twitter accounts to engage fans and alert them about public appearances, though only White has a verified account. Davis says Twitter contacted her several times about verifying her account during the 2010 Olympics, when the pair won a silver medal, but never got the seal. White says he was never contacted, but "I logged in one day, and it was just verified." Twitter policy says verified accounts are for those "who deal with identity confusion regularly on Twitter," though neither Davis nor White have had to fend off imposters. A Twitter spokesperson says verifications are handled "on a one-off basis," drawing on a variety of factors, and that "we often work with the people surrounding public figures."

Reader's Choice Skaters of the Year

Davis, White win SKATING magazine honor

Pair takes home Reader's Choice Skaters of the Year

(08/01/2011) - Colorado Springs, Colo. -- U.S. Figure Skating and SKATING magazine announced today that World ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White have won the 2011 Readers' Choice Award for Skater of the Year (Michelle Kwan Trophy). The honor goes to an ice dancing team for just the second time in the award's 23-year history (Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, 2005).

"It's such an honor to receive SKATING magazine's Readers' Choice Award," Davis said. "Looking back on the season, Charlie and I could not have asked for anything more. To receive recognition from the readers of SKATING is yet another reason we will be able to look back on the 2010-11 season with pride."

Davis and White, both students at the University of Michigan, finished ahead of Alissa Czisny, the Haydenettes and the ICE'Kateers.

The longest-tenured ice dancing team in the United States, having skated together since 1997, Davis and White capped an undefeated season by becoming the first U.S. ice dancing team to win the gold medal at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Figure Skating Championships. In addition to their win in Moscow, the team earned titles at Skate America, NHK Trophy, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and U.S. Championships.

"For Meryl and me to be chosen as the readers' choice this year fills me with pride and is humbling at the same time," White said.

The full title of the award is the "Readers' Choice Skater(s) of the Year, Michelle Kwan Trophy." The trophy is scheduled to be presented to Davis and White at the 2012 U.S. Championships in San Jose, Calif.

Each spring, SKATING magazine readers are asked to vote for the eligible skater in any discipline whom they believe is most deserving of the award, based on the accomplishments of the past season. The Michelle Kwan Trophy, which represents both the sport of figure skating and SKATING magazine, is a one-of-a-kind crystal sculpture designed by Crystal Signatures of Pennsylvania.

The Readers' Choice Award is given annually by SKATING magazine, the official publication of U.S. Figure Skating. Voting was open to the public on, with results becoming final on July 15.

Blades on Ice--August 2011 cover