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Meryl Davis and Charlie White of suburban Detroit, the reigning Olympic silver medalists in ice dancing, are the lone Americans favored to win gold in Sochi in the four traditional skating events. They are also expected to buttress medal hopes for the United States in a new team event. No Americans have won Olympic gold in ice dancing.
Olympic ice dancing is widely appealing to audiences, but it has been frequently mocked as a dubious competition, fraught with predetermined outcomes, almost impossible to judge objectively.