Meryl Davis and Charlie White Win Gold Medal at Sochi Olympics, Make U.S. History in Ice Dancing
After Lindsey Vonn dropped out and Shaun White choked at the 2014 Olympics, the U.S.'s only high-profile hope was Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the ice dancing duo that were the favorites going into the final dance. And following a free skate that surged them into the No. 1 spot, Meryl Davis and Charlie White won a gold medal following the free skate, making U.S. history.
The pair was in an unenviable spot following the rest of the competition's run — Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who share a coach with Davis and White, garnered a whopping 114.66 points during their free skate. But, skating to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," Davis and White pulled through, becoming the first U.S. ice dancing team to ever win the gold medal.
And audiences are thrilled. After all, Davis and White charmed sports fans in recent weeks, with footage of the duo ice dancing at 10 years old gliding onto NBC's airwaves. (But, contrary to the very close relationship between the couple that the footage is selling, Davis and White are not dating.) Plus, audiences had already had the opportunity to warm to the couple, who nabbed a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics and a gold at the 2013 Word Championships in London.
The couple's gold marked their second medal of the Sochi Olympics — Davis and White helped the U.S. team win bronze during the team competition. And, finally, helped the U.S. show off for once in Sochi.