Wow! Olympic ice dancing duo Charlie White and Meryl Davis won the U.S. its first-ever ice dancing gold medal on Feb. 17. Way to go, Charlie and Meryl!
Charlie White and Meryl Davis blew the competition out of the water — or should we say off the ice? — to win gold during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russi. Meryl and Charlie defeated their longtime archrivals, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who came in a distant second place.
Charlie White & Meryl Davis Win Gold In Ice Dancing
Charlie and Meryl finished with a score of 195.52, about 4.5 points ahead of Tessa and Scott, according to USA Today. Their historic win is the U.S.’s 15th gold in Olympic figure skating but the country’s very first in ice dancing!
“That in itself justified 17 years of hard work,” Charlie said of their performance, according to CBS News.
Charlie and Meryl were first paired together at age 10 and they’ve been together ever since. No wonder they work so well together!
Charlie White: Why His On-Ice Relationship With Meryl Davis Is So Important
For ice dancing duos, making the judges believe in their love is often an integral part of the performance.
“Obviously we get a lot of questions about whether the two of us are dating, and that’s a good thing, because that means we’re doing our job out on the ice,” Charlie added. “Meryl and I are oftentimes trying to portray people who are in love. We’ve always been great friends, and we have a special relationship, but we’ve never been romantically involved.”
The Couple Relies On Family Support
“The moms” have been a huge part of the journey for Meryl and Charlie. They are involved in P&G’s “Thank You, Mom” campaign.
“One tradition we have is that before we compete, we take a moment to give our moms a hug before we warm up,” Meryl said. “We’re so grateful to have them with us wherever we go in the world.”
So what do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you excited about Charlie and Meryl’s big win? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee