Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the biggest stars on the U.S. Ice Dancing Team. They won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and having just won the 2013 world championships are the favorite to bring home gold in Sochi.
"We have worked really hard to get to the point where people expect a lot out of us. So, I don't think we are intimidated by it. I think we're really thriving on the growth that we've been experiencing," Davis said.
"Technically, I think we're a very strong team and always have been. That's always been our base, but certainly the maturity that we've shown on the ice, the storytelling, the characters and just making it believable," said White.
There’s no question ice dancing is a performance, and Davis and white not only work on their skating skills, they also have to become actors.
"We work with multiple acting specialists. We work with a mime, ballet teachers, modern dancers, all sorts of vehicles to get us to where we want to go," said Davis.
In a sport that is so inherently intimate, where the skaters can’t be more than 2 arm lengths from each other, many ice dancers are married or in a relationship. But the best team in the country isn't. or are they?
"We're secretly married. Shh," White joked.
"It's true, some married couples do very well. We're not and we don't have any plans for that to happen and we really like it that way. We've grown up together in every way, whether it's on the ice or off the ice. We've developed this very special relationship," explained Meryl.
And for the first time in these Olympics, there will be a figure skating team medal handed out, where all the different disciplines will team up to try to win gold.
"It's really special. Coming from a history of playing team sports, there's a certain part of you that sort of kicks it up a notch when you know that other people are counting on you. It's exciting to see just how great we're all going to skate when we know that you're not just skating for yourself, but for something bigger than you," said White.
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