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Olympic champions Meryl Davis, Charlie White continue to please crowds with Stars on Ice

UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

Charlie White and Meryl Davis skate to a gold medal in the Championship Dance of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in the Spokane Arena on January 23, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
Charlie White and Meryl Davis skate to a gold medal in the Championship Dance of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in the Spokane Arena on January 23, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
By Bradley Warren SWX (Wake Up Montana)

SEATTLE – In 2014, Meryl Davis and Charlie White stepped off the podium at the Sochi Winter Games as Olympic champions, bringing home gold in ice dance for the United States for the first time.

Davis and White had two Olympic appearances. In 2014, they won gold in ice dance and bronze in the team event. In 2010, at the Vancouver Games, they won silver in ice dance.

The two recently announced their retirement from competitive skating, but they still have many irons in the fire.

Davis and White have been touring the country with Stars on Ice. They sat down for an interview in Everett.

Both watched as the Canadians (Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir) won gold at the 2018 Olympics.

“It was a great competition,” White said, “They were fantastic … it was nice to see them win. They were very deserving.”

Davis and White competed against Virtue and Moir for many years.

“We still have that 2014 (title); that’s our time. We loved it; we had a great time. We worked hard for it, and we were excited to move on,” Davis said. “We’re happy for everyone’s success.”

On the notion of moving on, life didn’t stop for them after the Olympics.

“Charlie and I are still loving doing shows like Stars on Ice … we love sharing this beautiful sport with people,” Davis said.

When Davis is not on the ice, she’s hitting the books. She’s in the process of finishing her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her plan is to be done with that this summer.

Davis will also be walking down the aisle. She’s engaged to Fedor Andreev, who also skated.

“(I’m) excited about starting new adventures and trying new things,” Davis said.

White was married in 2015 to fellow American Olympic ice dancer Tanith Belbin-White. The two just recently welcomed their first child, a son.

“Being a dad is the best. It’s my favorite thing of all time,” White said. “Tanith and I are enjoying our transition into parenthood.”

White added that discovering the world through his son’s eyes has been fun.

White, like Davis, is back in school, working to complete his undergraduate degree. His major is political science.

Within the skating world, White is involved in choreographing. He choreographed his and Davis’ performance for Stars on Ice this year and is working with other athletes.

Davis and White said that they are grateful that people still want to see them skate.

“It’s a beautiful, special, unique sport,” Davis said.

Davis said they’ve put in a lot of work and they’re honored to be ambassadors for American figure skating.

“We represent a lot of young skaters. We were fortunate enough to be able to represent the country at the Olympics, and it’s just a huge honor,” White said. “We are humbled that people enjoy our skating and continue to enjoy our skating.”

Davis and White just wrapped up the American leg of Stars on Ice. The two will have a small break and head to Asia for several more shows.

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