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Breaking the Ice: Meryl Davis and Charlie White

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Breaking the Ice: Meryl Davis and Charlie White

Meryl Davis and Charlie White


Hometowns: West Bloomfield, Mich., and Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Event: Ice dancing

U.S. skating's strongest bet for gold at the 2014 Olympics is likely to be Davis and White, who in 2011 became the first Americans to win gold in ice dancing at the world championships. They remain in a tight duel with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada (longtime rivals who narrowly beat them for gold at the 2010 Olympics), but decisively won their most recent matchup at last month's Grand Prix Final. Davis and White skate with rare power and speed — even when presenting the most difficult of moves. Off the ice, both are students at Michigan.

SKATING FACTS

When it comes to U.S. skaters winning medals at worlds, most fans think of the famous singles skaters who've done it. After all, in 1991 the Americans scored a sweep on the ladies' podium with Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan — and had a 1-2 repeat the following year with Yamaguchi and Kerrigan. The men have a solid record of at least one medal (often gold) almost every year. But these days, all the glory is going to the ice dancers. From 2009 to 2012, three teams have racked up five medals. During the same time, there was one medal for the men (Evan Lysacek's gold in 2009) and none for the women (who haven't been on the world podium since 2006). As for the pairs? They've been shut out since a bronze in 2002.

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