Davis & White: The Dynamic Olympic Duo

Camille Corcuera, Staff Writer

  From the suburb of Detroit, Michigan came two of the United States’ best ice skaters. Meryl Davis and Charlie White took home the gold medal for couple ice skating. After several years of preparation and hard work, the couple proudly represented the USA at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. International viewers were all left in awe as the couple gracefully danced on Olympic ice.

  At the ages of 8 and 9, Davis and White met and began their tremendous journey. At the time, White was already experienced on the ice, but Davis was yet to break in his ice skates. Through rigorous training and endless routines, the couple had practically grown up together. Only eighteen years later, Davis and White are taking on the ice at Sochi. Together they dance with complete grace, talent, and balance all due to the fact that they can rely and trust one another. After so many years of solely familiarizing themselves with each other’s form and techniques, the couple has mastered every choreographed move that would take them to the top.

   Their agility, speed, and perseverance has taken them to the Olympic level, where they defeated their all-time rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who were champions back in 2010. In a recent interview for The Boston Globe, directly after having won the rivalry competition, White stated, “It’s a dream come true to skate how we did under all of that pressure.” Although multiple U.S. athletes have felt defeated and hopeless, Davis and White presented a highly ranked, consistent performance. Usually, the duo assured that the audience can connect and interpret the message they portray through their ice dances. With every elegant twist and turn along with their on-point footwork, perfection is essential for this dynamic duo.

  On February 16, 2014, Davis and White danced one step closer to the Olympic Gold Medal they have been yearning for so long by winning the Short Dance. With perfect 4’s on each element, they set a new world recorded surpassing their rivals and training friends. For the Captain of Team USA and Davis, this wasn’t their first win at the Olympic Games. USA Today interviewed Charlie White, where he commented, “It’s taken the last four years of day-in and day-out practice and working with Marina and having her show us the way.” Nights before they finished first on the Olympic Team Short Dance, they also participated in leading Team USA to a Bronze Medal in a free dance, team event. Finally, Davis and White became the first U.S. ice dancers to receive a gold medal at Sochi. When asked about her Olympic win, Davis commented, “‘Excellent’ is a word to describe it. I felt like I was in a dream. Everything is coming together.” Overall, Davis expressed her feelings about the experience and stated, “It’s not where we are in the standings, it’s how we feel when we get off the ice.”

  Nothing has stopped the couple in order to reach the level of success. The mystery, romance, drama, and poise Davis and White portrayed has kept the world on their toes and waiting for their next jaw-dropping performance. The couple has some more tricks up their sleeves and it is assured that all eyes everywhere will be watching.