2014 : Two University of Michigan Students, Davis and White, Win America’s First Gold Medal in Ice Dancing

February 17, 2024 all-day

Photo of Meryl Davis and Charlie White at 2014 Olympics, courtesy of the Wikipedia Commons

They grew up together in Oakland County, from the time they were nine years old, sharing childhood, adolescence and a passionate love for skating.

After a journey of 17 years in which they held hands and skated out on to the ice thousands of times, and with a second record-setting performance in two nights at the 2014 Sochi Games, Meryl Davis of West Bloomfield and Charlie White of Bloomfield Hills, who train at Arctic Edge in Canton and are students at the University of Michigan, became the first American ice dancers to win a gold medal.

In a stunning, haunting-free dance to music they said meant so much to them because of its beauty and the story it tells, “Scheherazade” by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, they performed a routine choreographed by their Russian coach, Marina Zueva, before a Russian audience with a sophisticated knowledge of the sport.

For the full article, see Gregg Krupa, “Michigan’s Davis, White win gold in Olympic ice dancing, set world record”, Detroit News, February 17, 2014.