Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Olympic Gold Medalists, World Champions, Ice Dancing
“If something is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.”
When they were 8 and 9 years old, Charlie White and Meryl Davis had to hold hands. Awkward. But they were doing something they both loved: ice skating. Actually, they were ice dancing, which is like ballroom dancing on ice skates.
Now, nearly two decades, 5 National Championships, an Olympic Gold and an Olympic Silver medal later, they are so good at holding hands and look so natural together, people often thought that they were dating. When training for competition, they trained about five hours a day, five days per week. There is a technical and artistic component to all of their routines. They make it look easy, and that takes a lot of hard work.
Now that they are grown up, they balance their training and competition schedules with college. They are both students at the University of Michigan. Meryl is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Italian. Diagnosed with dyslexia at age 11, Meryl has refused to let it limit her accomplishments as a student.
Charlie is studying Political Science. Charlie is also a newlywed, having recently married Tanith Belbin, a Canadian ice dancer and sports journalist now know an Tanith White. Their two dogs DJ and Finn frequently appear in photos on Charlie’s social media accounts.
This is Meryl and Charlie's fourth year as Athlete Mentors.