Charlie White: Top 5 Moments Of 2014

Charlie White: Top 5 Moments Of 2014


It’s safe to say that 2014 is going to be a difficult year to top. This past year saw Meryl and I accomplish so many of our longest standing goals, both personally and professionally. We can also safely look back at 2014 as the most exhausting time in our lives, but for all the right reasons. We were here; we were there; we were everywhere, doing a little bit of everything. From our training in Detroit, to the Olympics in Sochi; from taking a knee near the waterfalls of Hawaii, to dancing in the ballroom in Los Angeles, we have racked up some major memories, as well as some pretty major frequent flyer miles.
In an attempt to find some originality while covering our top moments, I will present them in list form! (And that, ladies and gentleman, is my final joke of 2014.)
5. Winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January and becoming the first-ever American ice dance team to win six consecutive titles in a row. This is a very special record for us to hold, as one of the things we are most proud of is our consistency at the highest level. This top moment allows me the opportunity to thank everyone at U.S. Figure Skating and the United States Olympic Committee for giving us the support we needed to make that consistency possible.
4. Winning the team event bronze medal at the Olympics

Winning the team event bronze medal at the Olympics. This special Olympic moment I will cherish for how it brought the amazingly talented individuals of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team together as a family to fight for the same goal. The fact that we got to walk away from that event with a tangible reminder of what we accomplished will keep us connected for the rest of our lives.
3. Winning the gold medal at the Olympics
Winning the gold medal at the Olympics. It’s hard for me to find the words that are even appropriate for this achievement. It is simply a lifelong dream come true; the result of dedication, resolve, respect and passion, from both Meryl and myself, and from our families and coaches. We now look forward to the rest of our lives as Olympic gold medalists. We hope to stand tall as role models and ambassadors of our sport, our country and the Olympic Movement.
2. Joining "Dancing with the Stars"
Joining “Dancing with the Stars.” First and foremost, learning how to dance from some of the best ballroom dancers in the world was an absolute treat! The fact that it was tied into one of the most popular TV shows in America just made it that much more of an experience. If there was one way to follow up such a successful run at the Olympics without feeling a crazy emotional drop-off, it was by joining “Dancing with the Stars.” What a wonderful time, and I’m grateful for every exhausting second.
1. Getting engaged to Tanith Belbin!
Getting engaged to Tanith Belbin! At the end of a very successful year I can truly say that my favorite thing about 2014 was not the accolades, medals or amazing opportunities, but rather being able to enjoy every special moment with the person I love the most. Simply put, asking Tanith to marry me was the best and easiest decision I’ve ever made. Her beauty and grace, her sense of humor, her patience, her thoughtfulness, and her positive outlook on life are a source of constant inspiration for myself and everyone else that has the pleasure of knowing her. We head into 2015 together with clear eyes and full hearts.
Here’s to a wonderful 2014, and a great new year. I hope you realize your dreams through hard work and dedication, but more importantly, always remember it is the relationships in your life that will make every single day special.

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Meryl Davis: A Stress-Free Holiday Season

With my brother Clay
It’s Christmas Eve and traditions endure for the Davis and White families in Michigan. Faces and decorations are the same as last year, Christmas trees are in the same, familiar corners of our parents’ living rooms, and family recipes have been prepared once again. Still, there’s a different feeling surrounding this holiday season. Along with the rest of the Team USA winter Olympians headed to Sochi shortly thereafter, Charlie and I were deep in preparation mode last Christmas: sleep, eat, train, repeat.
Certainly, 2014 has been a year to be grateful for. Post-Sochi, Charlie and I often acknowledge that, for a moment, we can stop looking forward and just appreciate where we are and how far we’ve come. In spite of that acknowledgement, loosening our grip on that “Olympian in training” mentality has come gradually. Just recently, Charlie and I seemed to simultaneously recognize the unfamiliar sensation of being completely stress-free. While it’s been about 10 months since Sochi, that place of discipline and preparation had been our homeostasis for so long.
Like every other, this holiday season has descended upon us quicker than we were prepared for. Our shopping may have been relatively last minute and my gingerbread men still turned out terribly! Nevertheless, what a joy it’s been to wholeheartedly embrace tradition and celebration with our loved ones. So, to all of our fellow winter Olympians, soak it in!! May you have a holiday season to remember!

Seidel: Will Davis-White fairy tale lead back to Olympics?

Seidel: Will Davis-White fairy tale lead back to Olympics?

Let's start with the two big questions that follow around Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the Olympic Gold medalists in ice dance.
First, the one that continues to pop up from the tabloids: Is Davis dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy, her partner from "Dancing With the Stars"?
"He is a really big part of my life and he's one of the most amazing people I've ever met," said Davis, who grew up in West Bloomfield. "We are not dating. We haven't dated."
But then, she quickly added: "I think we'll be a part of each other's lives for a long time."
OK. So that's settled. Now, let's move to the second question: Will Davis and White ever compete again?
"People tend to not believe us when we say we haven't made a decision about the future," said Davis, 27. "But we are so happy just being in this moment. We are not really pushing ourselves to step away from it."
White and Davis transcended sports in 2014, going from the sports pages to thetabloids and back again. It has been an amazing year, a fairytale played out on an international stage.
"It feels like it should have been three separate years," said White, 27, who grew up in Bloomfield Hills. "I think it's going to be tough to top 2014."
Life after the Olympics
After winning the gold medal at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Davis and White seemed to be everywhere. "It's pretty crazy how winning an Olympic medal can affect and shape your life," White said.
They competed against each other on "Dancing With the Stars" at the same time that they performed Stars on Ice.
"While it was the most fun time of our lives," Davis said, "we were utterly exhausted."
They got a chance to rest, for a few weeks, after Davis and Chmerkovskiy won "Dancing With the Stars." After taking a vacation, Davis and White announced that they would not compete this season.
So you figure that they would still be on a hiatus, right?
Over the last few months, the whirlwind has picked up again. They were the grand marshals of America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. They did a skating exhibition at a mall in Dallas, and they have filmed three upcoming TV shows that will be aired in 2015.
"We are on the road constantly," Davis said. "We are grateful for how busy we are."
Davis and White continue to train at the Arctic Edge in Canton, where they prepared for the Olympics, but the pressure is gone. "Charlie and I just sort of skate around the ice laughing the whole time," Davis said. "For the most part, we have stayed true to our roots and stayed on the ice, which has been more fun than we expected. When we are home, we are on the ice together, just about every day in Canton."
They are getting ready to perform in the upcoming Stars on Ice tour, which starts Dec.30 in Lake Placid, N.Y. They are no longer being coached by Marina Zoueva, who guided them to Olympic gold, so they are trying to come up with different programs on their own, choreographing themselves.
"We have to push ourselves to keep being creative and interesting," White said.
But this experience could have a long term benefit. It could lead them back to the Olympics after the two announced in June they would sit out the 2014-15 season.
"I think we could (compete again)," White said. "In the past, with ice dance, if you win an Olympics, it's tough to keep going because you have to find new ways of expressing yourself and challenging your own skating. But what's so interesting in the system we are in right now, it is constantly changing. The challenges are inherent in the system. For us, that is something that would make it easier and the reason why we are still considering (competing). On top of that, we have a love of competition. Even now, when we do our show programs, we are constantly pushing ourselves to get all of the edges, to do the lifts. That's always there. So it wouldn't be a difficult transition."
Either way, more changes are coming in 2015, at least for White. After the Olympics, White became engaged to former Olympian Tanith Belbin, his longtime girlfriend. The wedding is set for the end of April.
Repeat after me, Charlie. When in doubt, just say: "Yes, dear!"
The future
Over the next few days, both Davis and White will be spending the holidays back home with their families. It is so different from a year ago, when the pressure was building, leading up to the Olympics.
"I made cookies with my mom last night," Davis said Tuesday morning. "This holiday season, it's really exciting because we are getting a chance to really spend it with our families. No stress. No pressure. Just being home in Detroit, reflecting on the year."
For Davis and White, 2014 was an unforgettable fairytale. The best part is, there are no signs that it is coming to an end.
Contact Jeff Seidel: Follow him on Twitter @seideljeff.

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