Ice Dancers Take Gold!
Meryl Davis and Charlie White now compete for world domination
The 2011 U.S. Nationals Figure Skating Championship was held this past weekend in Greensboro, NC. Meryl Davis and Charlie White were Ice Dancing favorites to win their event.As I had just interviewed Meryl and Charlie, I anxiously awaited the coming of the U.S. Nationals so I could watch them perform on ice again.
When I started watching, I was staring at the TV thinking, “They are thrilling, athletic, and magnificent to watch! Did I really just interview them?”
They skated in two different programs: a short dance and a free dance. In the short dance, they waltzed to music from “La Boheme” and “La Traviata” that wowed the judges and the audience.
Meryl wore a short peach dress and Charlie wore a black and white tuxedo. They did amazing jumps, lifts, and twirls that scored them a solid 76.04. They were almost six points ahead of the second place team!
In the free dance, they performed a spicy tango with difficult “twizzles” and an amazing over-the-shoulder lift. Meryl wore a beautiful red dress and red flower in her hair while Charlie wore all black.
Meryl and Charlie were perfectly in sync with each other throughout the entire 4-minute production. Once off the ice, they were exhausted from giving it EVERYTHING!
I jumped up and cheered when I saw they had earned a whopping 109.44 to give them a grand total of 185.48. This score earned them their 3rd consecutive Ice Dancing National Championship Gold! Yeah, Meryl! You rock, Charlie!
They will be performing March 21-27, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan, for the World Figure Skating Championships. They really want to win this. It’s No.1 on Charlie’s current “checklist.”
Watching them this weekend, I’m positive they will win. Canadians and Russians: Watch out!!
PHOTO: Meryl Davis and Charlie White show off their gold medals for winning the dance program during the awards ceremony at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. CREDIT: Bob Leverone/AP Images