Team USA Blog

Seeing the World by Meryl

Touring Monaco with "the moms," 2012

BY MERYL DAVIS
My mom and I pose in Nice, France after the 2012 World
Championships
Charlie and I explore the Great Wall of China with our moms after
competing in Beijing, 2010
"The Moms" in Red Square, 2008
While the crisp, cool air in the rink makes scarves a yearlong staple in my wardrobe, I’m quickly reminded that ‘tis not the season for scarves upon my daily departure from training. Whether it’s the recent heat-wave striking me like a bolt of lightning as I walk outside in my fleece and legwarmers, or the peculiar stares at my very winter-friendly wardrobe as I stop for a cup of coffee on my way home, I am reminded that it is indeed summer.
Still, the days on my iCalendar are clicking away and competition season isn’t as far-off as the weather might suggest. Looking ahead to our fall schedule, I find the week labeled “Japan” in November to be particularly exciting. Admittedly, I’ve always loved traveling abroad. Since well before Charlie and I began competing internationally, I’ve had a fascination with foreign language and culture. Now, as an anthropology major at the University of Michigan, I surround myself with fellow xenophiles.
While international travel, courtesy of skating, may not have initiated my anthropological fascination, it certainly did nothing to detour it. Since our first overseas venture to Austria in 2002, “the moms” (Charlie’s mom and mine) have made sure that our experiences abroad have not been limited to the inside of an ice rink, lovely as they may be.
In fact, quite often we’ve tacked on a few post-competition days of sightseeing. One of our most memorable excursions came after the 2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Upon learning that Venice was a relatively short train-ride from Ljubljana, the four of us decided to visit the city that would be the catalyst for my Italian rapture. During our few-day jaunt to Venice, as has been the case with many of these visits, we took in the art, history, architecture and food of the city.
Whether we’re touring Japanese temples, walking the streets of Paris or waltzing through the snow in Red Square, Charlie and I have seen much of the world via international competition. Our gratitude for our continued experiences and personal growth through our skating is immeasurable. In particular, thanks in no small part to “the moms,” our ability to truly experience the cities and countries in which we skate has so impacted the course of our lives and our world perspectives.
Having said that, we are eagerly anticipating the start of our 2013-14 season in Salt Lake City, followed by Skate America in our hometown of Detroit! We hope everyone is as excited about the season as we are and wish everyone well as we all continue to enjoy the beauty of summer.

International Classic

U.S. LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 U.S. INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING CLASSIC

-Team USA Headlined by Olympic and World Medalists-
(7/23/13) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the U.S. entries for the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, scheduled for Sept. 11-15, in Salt Lake City. The international senior competition, in its second year, will feature more than 70 athletes representing nearly 20 countries.
Several members of Team USA will begin their quests for a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team at this event. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the five-time reigning U.S. champions and 2013 World ice dance champions, headline Team USA. They will be joined by Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion; the 2013 U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold; reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir; and other U.S. and World medalists. Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion, is expected to compete for the first time since winning gold at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
The international field will include athletes from Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Chinese Taipei and more. International athletes will be confirmed at a later date.
U.S. Figure Skating is working with Salt Lake Figure Skating to host this event at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, which served as the official training venue for figure skating at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
In conjunction with the International Figure Skating Classic, U.S. Figure Skating will host the U.S. Novice & Junior Challenge Skate, an invitational for American skaters who have competed domestically at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The goal of the event is for skaters to experience what an international competition is like. In addition to competing against other top skaters at their levels, athletes will have the opportunity to attend seminars, undergo media training and more.
Icenetwork.com will provide complete event coverage of the U.S. International Classic and Challenge Skate, with recaps, news, results and photos available to all users.
Ticket information and the broadcast schedule will be available in late-August. For more information, please visit www.usfigureskatingclassic.com.
U.S. lineup for 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic
(subject to change)
Ladies: Samantha Cesario; Gracie Gold; Courtney Hicks; Agnes Zawadzki
Men's: Max Aaron; Stephen Carriere; Joshua Farris; Evan Lysacek
Pairs: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir; Caydee Denney and John Coughlin; Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea; Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay
Ice Dancing: Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus; Meryl Davis and Charlie White; Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt; Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic day-by-day schedule
(subject to change)
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Official practice 
Thursday, Sept. 12
Pairs short program; Men's short program
Friday, Sept. 13
Short dance; Ladies short program; Pairs free skate; Men's free skate
Saturday, Sept. 14
Ladies free skate; Free dance

Team USA blog: Repping the Stars and Stripes

Repping the Stars and Stripes
BY CHARLIE WHITE

On Olympic Day many of us Olympians and Olympic hopefuls tweeted out messages about how we define Olympism, as well as the significance and novelty of the Olympic Games. In my own message, I thought it would be nice to recognize what a special event the Olympics are for the whole world. Despite the intense battle for the gold medal, sportsmanship, perseverance and honor are held as the epitome of what the Olympics stand for. The Olympics bring the world together in celebration, allowing cultures and people to connect in new and different ways.
There are many reasons why being an Olympian is special, but one thing I always come back to is the ability to represent your country. Along with the fanfare and celebration, there is a certain sense of honor and duty you feel when you realize you are an ambassador for the U.S. In this moment of realization, the connection you feel with your country and the people you represent is strengthened.
This is of course a very patriotic time of year. A great time for all of us to celebrate the birth of our great nation, and to recognize those who do our country proud. Without the support of the country and people we represent, the significance of our accomplishments, both Olympic and otherwise, are diminished. In fact, much of what we accomplish wouldn’t even be possible without public support. Tuning in to our sport and cheering us on while we’re competing at the Olympic Games is a great way to show your support, but there are a lot more ways to show you care. Donating money is always greatly appreciated, and even just tweeting at us throughout the year and finding ways to let us know you care is just the best. You can’t imagine how great it makes us feel when the people we’re going to battle for go out of their way to say good luck.
Lastly I’d like to take this opportunity to say how grateful Meryl and I are to everyone that makes this country so special. Every facet of society that makes America different from the rest of the world is something we celebrate, and something I like to think we take with us to each competition as we rep the stars and stripes.