DENVER, Colo. – 2010 Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White made figure skating history this past weekend, becoming the only U.S. ice dancing team to ever win two World titles. The team already made the record books in 2011, when they captured their first World title, becoming the first U.S. ice dancing team to ever win a World Championship.
This second win, however, both cements their place in figure skating history, and also positions them as the team to beat at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Davis and White dominated the international skating scene this season, standing atop the podium at all six competitions they entered. The gold-medal run began with Skate America, followed by the NHK Trophy in Sendai, Japan, the ISU Grand Prix Final, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the Four Continents Championships, and the World Championships this past weekend in London, Ontario, Canada.
Davis and White, both college students at the University of Michigan, were so strong that they even defeated 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada to capture the World title.
“This has to be close to the top,” White said. “Obviously, the first time we won worlds, being the first-ever American world championship, that has a special place. But our growth this season and how far we’ve come to win this gold medal, that’s what makes this one really special.”
“I think that, not only winning, but putting out a performance that we were really thrilled with and really proud of makes it that much more enjoyable,” Davis said after she and White won the ice dance at the World Figure Skating Championships with 189.56 points.
Davis and White are focused on the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They continue to train in Canton, Mich. with longtime coach Marina Zoueva, with the goal of standing on the top step of the podium in Sochi and again making history by becoming the first-ever American ice dancing Olympic Champions.