Winner - Dancing with the Stars; Gold Medalist, Ice Dancing
Time is the truest test of any relationship, and the U.S. ice dancing 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 dancing partnership in the history of United States figure skating. Meryl and Charlie headed into the 2010 Olympic season with their eyes on the Olympic podium. They were undefeated in the Grand Prix season, which culminated with their gold medal-winning performance at the Grand Prix Final. Propelled by their success, the team went on to defeat Belbin and Agosto, and win their second consecutive U.S. National title. At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Meryl and Charlie achieved their goal of standing on the Olympic podium by winning the silver medal, which was just the third medal won by a U.S. ice dancing team since its inception as an Olympic sport 24 years ago. Capping off their impressive season, they won the silver medal at the 2010 World Championships in Torino, Italy. For Meryl and Charlie, the run-up to the 2011 World Championships in Moscow, Russia was an incredible ride. They finished the 2011 season winning every event they entered and defending their title at the 2010 Grand Prix Final. The team then made history by becoming the first U.S. ice dancing team to capture a World title. Their dominance continued as they started the 2011–12 season off strong, winning their third consecutive Grand Prix Final, their fourth consecutive U.S. National title and claiming the silver medal at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France. Davis and White dominated the international skating scene during the 2012–13 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 in London, Ontario, Canada. By winning gold at the 2013 World Championships, the team made figure skating history, becoming the only U.S. ice dancing team to ever win two World titles. This second title cemented their place in figure skating history, and also positioned them as the team to beat at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Meryl and Charlie saw nothing but gold at every single competition of the 2013–14 season. They conquered the Grand Prix series, standing atop the podium at both Skate America and the NHK Trophy. They continued their dominance of the series by winning the Grand Prix Final, setting a season’s best score at an international competition for both their short dance and free dance. The team continued their golden streak at the 2014 U.S. Championships, winning their sixth-straight U.S. ice dancing title and setting another personal best score at a U.S. qualifying competition, with more than 200 total points at the event. The team again made history, with their short dance and “Scheherazade”-themed free dance garnering a record score of 195.52 points. With their win, the ground-breaking team became the first-ever American ice dancing team to win Olympic gold. Just one month after winning Olympic gold, Meryl and Charlie continued dancing their way into the hearts of millions on ABC’s Dancing with Stars. Meryl became season 18’s champion with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Charlie reached the semi-finals with his partner Sharna Burgess. When not on the ice Meryl enjoys reading, traveling, and learning about other cultures while Charlie is an avid sports fan, particularly hockey. Believing education is important, they are both currently students at the University of Michigan. Meryl is majoring in anthropology with a minor in Italian, while Charlie is majoring in political science and hopes to attend law school in the future. In addition to skating and schoolwork, Meryl and Charlie also support the Classroom Champions program, which connects students in high-need schools with top performing athletes to help them to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big.