Meryl Davis and Charlie White return home covered in Olympic gold
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Two gold medals rested around the necks of two familiar faces in the Salem High School cafeteria on Friday morning.
The students looked on in awe, calling the medals "shiny, big, and beautiful."
But this day was all about the people wearing the gold. Hometown heroes Meryl Davis and Charlie White made their way back to Michigan for the first time since reaching the pinnacle of success in Sochi.
"It's been a pretty incredible journey, and it's hard for us to say how much our lives have changed," White said.
"We haven't had a chance to sit down and recognize what's different because it's been such a blur."
Scanning through Twitter mentions and Instagram accounts, it's clear to see the ice dancing pair has gained an impressive haul of famous fans. They cite their parents as their most important fans, but as far as unforgettable moments go, they've had a few.
"One of the scariest moments, I think, we were at a party and there was a little photo booth," Davis recalled.
"We were waiting in line, and they said, 'Hold on a second, I think someone's finishing up.' So we walk in, and Heidi Klum is literally finishing a photo shoot. There's nothing scarier than getting a photoshoot right after Heidi Klum."
The list of celebrity meetings already includes Josh Groban, Stephen Colbert, and Katie Couric. Next week, they're scheduled to appear on The Ellen Show.
White's jaw nearly dropped to the floor when they attended an Oscars afterparty last Sunday, and one of his longtime heroes showed up.
"I tried to play it cool, but when I saw Bill Murray I said, 'I'm gonna hate myself if I don't get a picture with him. So we went up to him and asked him."
Murray's response was, as you'd expect, Vintage Bill Murray. He congratulated Davis and White, and spotting the gold medals they were holding, felt out of place. So he grabbed Davis' purse and posed with it in the picture.
"Definitely a 'pinch me' moment," White said.
They may not realize it yet, but their lives have certainly changed since Sochi. The stories since then are the proof.
So, too, is the attention they've received. Gone are the days of simply being hometown heroes. Davis and White are worldwide superstars. Next on the schedule: a Stars on Ice tour and, at the same time, competing against each other for the first time, on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
"We did the hard part," White said of winning gold. "And so we're really just enjoying this."
Davis looked on with a smile when DWTS is mentioned. Her biggest concern?
"I think for me, at least, we haven't talked about this so much, but it's more about not embarrassing myself."
It's probably safe to say that shouldn't be a concern. Everything they do turns to gold.
They'll realize that someday.
For now, they have those big, shiny, beautiful medals to remind them.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli