Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Time is the truest test of any relationship, the U.S. ice dance team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White know better than anyone how the strongest partnerships don’t just appear overnight. Paired in 1997, the acclaimed duo is the longest running ice dance partnership in the history of U.S. figure skating. As a child, Meryl wished to glide atop the frozen surface of the Michigan lake adjacent to her home, so learning to ice skate at the age of five was a natural choice. Charlie, who grew up just down the street from Meryl, started even younger, beginning to skate at age three.
Coached by one of the most successful coaching teams in the world, Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva in Canton, MI, they have steadily climbed the ranks of the U.S. and international ice dance world. In 2006 they won the U.S. National Junior title and the bronze medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships. In the fall of 2006, Meryl and Charlie made their senior debut on the Grand Prix Series, placing fourth at both Skate Canada and NHK Trophy. They followed up their successful Grand Prix season with a bronze medal in their senior debut at the U.S. National Championships, which earned them a trip to the 2007 World Championships where they finished 7th — the highest debut by a U.S. team since 1980. Following their breakout senior debut season, they placed 2nd at the 2008 U.S. National Championships and the Four Continents Championships and went on to place 6th at the World Championships. In the 2008/2009 season Meryl and Charlie won their first senior Grand Prix event, Skate Canada, and went on to win their first U.S. National title and the Four Continents Championships title. They completed their season by narrowly missing a medal at the World Championships, placing 4th.
Meryl and Charlie headed into the 2010 Olympic season with their eyes on the Olympic podium. Competition was stiff; they faced two-time World Medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, reigning World Champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia, as well as their friends and rivals, American teammates Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. Ice Dance proved to be one of the strongest disciplines for the U.S. this Olympic season with both Davis and White and teammates Belbin and Agosto receiving much buzz as the Winter Olympics approached. Meryl and Charlie were undefeated in the Grand Prix season, and went on to defeat Belbin and Agosto and win their second consecutive U.S. National title. At the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Meryl and Charlie achieved their goal of standing on the Olympic podium by winning the silver medal. Their silver medal was just the third medal won by a U.S. Ice Dance team since its inception as an Olympic sport twenty-four years ago. Capping off their impressive season, they won the silver medal at the World Championships in Torino, Italy. Following the World Championships Meryl and Charlie toured with the award-winning Smucker’s Stars on Ice tour.
For Meryl and Charlie, the run-up to the 2011 World Championships has been an incredible ride. They have won every single event they entered this season by defending their title at the 2010 Grand Prix Final, winning their third consecutive U.S. National title and claiming the gold medal at the Four Continents Championships for the second time in three years. At the 2011 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, Meryl and Charlie made history by becoming the first U.S. ice dancing team to capture a World title.
When not on the ice Meryl enjoys reading, traveling, and learning about other cultures while Charlie is an avid sports fan, particularly hockey. Not just a fan of hockey, but an accomplished player himself, he was part of a State Championship winning team. Believing education is very important, they are both currently students at the University of Michigan. Meryl is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Italian, while Charlie is currently undeclared, but hopes to attend law school in the future.
Meryl Davis & Charlie White - Competitive Results
2011 US National Championships – 1st
2011 Four Continents Championships – 1st
2011 World Championships – 1st
2010 NHK Trophy – 1st
2010 Skate America – 1st
2010 Grand Prix Final – 1st
2010 World Championships – 2nd
2010 Winter Olympics – 2nd
2010 US National Championships – 1st
2009 Grand Prix Final – 1st
2009 NHK Trophy – 1st
2009 Rostelecom Cup – 1st
2009 Nebelhorn Trophy – 1st
2009 Four Continents Championships – 1st
2009 US National Championships – 1st
2008 Grand Prix Final – 3rd
2008 Cup of Russia – 3rd
2008 Skate Canada – 1st
2008 Four Continents Championships – 2nd
2008 US National Championships – 2nd
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