Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis, Charlie White answer questions, judge contest at Salem High

Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis, Charlie White answer questions, judge contest at Salem High

Canton— Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White stopped by Salem High on Friday to visit with students.
At an event sponsored by Kellogg’s, the Metro Detroit figure skaters spoke on the importance of eating breakfast to 100 students from Salem and also Canton and Plymouth high schools.
The pair took home the gold medal in Sochi last month and the Michigan natives will compete on the 18th season of the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” premiering March 17 on ABC.
Davis and White took questions and pictures with students. But the fun started in the school’s auditorium where they judged teachers in an ice dancing competition without the skates in front of 700 students.
One student asked White a burning question.
“How did you get your hair like that?”
“Corn flakes,” joked White. “No secret. Showering helps. I recommend it.”
During the dancing competition Davis and White critiqued three teams named Red, White and Blue. Blue won the gold for a rousing routine performed to Outkast’s hit “Hey Ya!”
Kurt Britnell, one half of the winning team, said meeting Davis and White was a pleasure.
“You just feel like you are a part of their journey,” said Britnell, a special education teacher and head football coach at Salem.
“I used to skate at the Detroit Skating Club and Meryl and Charlie were there, so seeing them again having won the Olympics, was a prideful moment,” said Cheyanne DeMaggio, 18. The Salem senior has been skating for eight years and said the Olympians are down-to-earth.
“They were just really cool, very relaxed; they are just normal people but they have this great accomplishment,” she said.
Following the event, Davis and White took time to speak to The Detroit News.
They said they are looking forward to “Dancing with the Stars,” but apprehensive about the Latin dances. “The movement is so opposite from what we do on the ice,” Davis said.
White said the waltz, fox trot and quickstep and the close hold positions are natural to them.
What will be unnatural is that they will be competing against each other— Davis is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and White with Sharna Burgess.
“I don’t feel like I am competing against Charlie,” said Davis. “We are in this because we are a team. We have been a team for 17 years. We are competitive people but I think we are really supporting each other as always.”
Both said they have grown since taking home the silver medal in 2010 in Vancouver.
“My outlook on life is more pleasant,” she said. “I think I was really hard on myself when I was younger and worried about the little things. It has been really exciting to grow into adulthood and be more content with myself and be more appreciative of what I have.”

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