Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Olympic Silver Medalists, 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, 17 years, 5 National Championships and an Olympic Silver medal later, they are so good at holding hands and look so natural together, people think they are dating. But they’re not. They are just really good friends and team mates. They spend about five hours a day, five days per week together training. 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 part-time students at the University of Michigan. Meryl is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Italian. Charlie is studying Political Science.
They have set a goal to win gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and we are so glad that Classroom Champions can join them on their journey.
This is Meryl and Charlie's second year as Athlete Mentors.