NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Ice dancing duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White are America’s great hope for gold at the Olympics in Sochi.
The dynamic duo, who are both 26, have been skating together since they were just 10-year-old kids in Michigan.
“We have grown up together so we feel like family and we are lucky to have found one another. We are always on the same page in terms of where we want to go,” reveals Charlie to Healthy Hollywood.
Their 16-year on-ice relationship is the longest lasting amongst competitive ice skating pairs. The twosome earned a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics and this time, they’re going for gold.
“We feel we have a lot of great momentum and we think the material we put together this year is being recognized. But, at the same time, we feel excited and have room to grow in preparation for the Olympics,” adds Charlie.
Healthy Hollywood caught up with Meryl and Charlie in New York City, where they were in town to promote their partnership with Puffs tissue.
“For years, Charlie and I have gone through so many tissues that our moms joked you should be sponsored by a tissue company,” says Meryl.
After all, skaters are known for their teary-eyed moments after their performance scores are revealed.
With just under two months until the Olympics, this pair is working hard to be in their best shape.
“Our typical training week is Monday through Friday. We are on the ice from 7am until noon or 1pm with a half hour break somewhere. Then, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we work out at the gym for an hour and a half. On Tuesday and Thursday, we will supplement our training with ballet or ballroom classes. So we keep pretty busy,” states Meryl.
Unlike other athletes, this duo doesn’t have any rituals before a competition, but they always bring a special person to the rink.
“The one thing we always do is give our moms a hug to warm up before the event. Our moms are our good luck charm. They go with us to every competition. They like to tag along and we are so lucky to have them with us as support,” reveals Charlie and Meryl.