U.S. wins gold for the first time!
by: Ellen A. period 2
Meryl Davis was born January 1, 1986 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Her mother, Cheryl, is a retired teacher, and her father, Paul, works in real estate.
Meryl learned to skate when she was very young. She started on a lake near her house. Shortly after she began basic skills at a local rink. She began ice dancing when she was 9 years old. She was paired with her partner Charlie White.
In the beginning of their training White and Davis were very agitated with each other because Charlie had been taking dance lessons and learning good posture while she was not. White and Davis found great success at a very young age, and grew very strong as a dance team and friends.
The victory at the 2010 U.S. Championship marked their arrival as the dominant ice dance team, replacing the reigning team.
when they became on the U.S. 2010 Olympic team Davis and White were known for their speed and flow, but some believed they lacked musicality. They worked very hard and soon gained their missing element, and became consistent.
They won gold at the World Championship in 2011, the first ever by a U.S. ice dancing team. They repeated as World Champions in 2013.
Reaching the top of their game they were selected for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team. They helped take the U.S. to the bronze medal in the newly formed event, the team skate. Davis and White then won gold in the team ice dance. Winning gold was the best reward they could ever ask.
There was some controversy over their win. Which included setting world records for both their free and short program skate scores.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White won big that day! They truly are the best figure skaters in the world!
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