How could Meryl Davis and Charlie White be so cold? The beloved ice dancers revealed on Feb. 22 that they wouldn’t defend the Olympic gold medals they won in Sochi, explaining why they’re skipping the 2018 winter games!
Meryl Davis, 30, and Charlie White, 29, made their decision during the Feb. 22 episode of the TODAY show, breaking the hearts of all those who hoped they would return to the rink when the games head to South Korea. “I hate to be maybe a little bit of a downer for our fans,” Charlie said. “We’ve decided not to compete at the Olympics.”
“It’s still really weird to say that out loud,” he added said. “I’m not really sure what tone to use. It’s not like we’re celebrating it. It’s a little bit disappointing, but at the same time, it’s nice to finally come to a decision.”
Meryl and Charlie reassured fans that they’re not retiring from the ice, but they’re just not going to compete at the international level. “Since Sochi, we’ve been giving it a lot of thought, a lot of time,” Meryl said. “It always felt like the right direction to be moving in.”
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The two are the most accomplished American ice dancers of all time, according to Detroit News. They are the first U.S. skaters to win gold in the ice dancing event, taking the top prize at Sochi 2014. During those Olympics, they also won the bronze in team figure skating. They took silver at the prior Olympics in Vancouver. In addition to this hardware, they’re two-time world champions, five-time Grand Prix final champions, three-time Four Continents champions and six-time National Champions.
Refusing to defend their gold medal was “a huge decision,” Meryl said. “It was one that took us three years to come up with.” The two haven’t competed since Sochi, focusing more on their Stars On Ice tour and other opportunities, like commentating during the U.S. Championships. Plus, Charlie wants to devote more time to his marriage to Tanith White, the 2006 Olympic ice dancing silver medalist.
“We’re still absolutely in love with our sport,” Charlie said, explaining that they hope to be ay PyeonChang, but in a non-competitive role “We don’t take the opportunity lightly to be able to do what we love for a living.” Sadly, hearing them commentate or see them interview the winners may be the closest fans get to seeing Charlie and Meryl on the ice in 2018.
Are you sad that Meryl and Charlie are not going to compete in 2018, HollywoodLifers?