Meryl Davis and Charlie White pull out of
figure skating world championships
Olympic champions and Michigan natives Meryl Davis and Charlie White announced today they will not compete at the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships on March 24-30 in Saitama, Japan.
Davis and White, the reigning world champions who attend Michigan, became the first American ice dance team to earn an Olympic gold medal last month in Sochi, Russia.
"Now that we've had some time at home to discuss our plan for the rest of the season, we've decided not to compete in the 2014 World Championships,” Davis said in a released statement. “We're extremely pleased to have capped-off this Olympic cycle with our performances at the Olympic Games.”
“We feel that our incredibly positive Olympic experience is the culmination of and perfect ending to a wonderful four-year cycle,” White said in the statement. “We will leave our options open for the future and are excited to cheer on our American teammates as they compete in Japan."
Olympic silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who train with Davis and White at the Arctic Edge Skating Club in Canton, also pulled out of the event. Men’s figure skating Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan, who trains at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, also will not compete.
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, the second alternates for the ice dancing World Team, will represent Team USA at the world championships. Aldridge and Eaton compete for the Detroit Skating Club.
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, also of the Detroit Skating Club and the 2014 Four Continents champions, were the first alternates for the world team, but they will not compete due to a torn labrum in Hubbell’s left hip. She is expected to have surgery this week.
Ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani of Ann Arbor and Michigan natives Evan Bates and Madison Chock already were on the U.S. team for worlds and are expected to compete.