“Charlie and Meryl’s remarkable stories and lifelong collaboration won over the hearts of countless Americans, and we could not be more proud to call them fellow Michiganders.” -- Governor Rick Snyder
Governor Rick Snyder welcomed Olympic Gold Medal Ice Dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis to the State Capitol Tuesday morning. The pair wore their gold medals to a special event, where the Governor presented them with proclamations in front of an audience of young school children, lawmakers, and media.
“Charlie and Meryl’s remarkable stories and lifelong collaboration won over the hearts of countless Americans, and we could not be more proud to call them fellow Michiganders.” Snyder said.
Davis and White were both born and raised in Michigan. They’re originally from Royal Oak and are students at the University of Michigan. They trained for the Olympics at a rink in Canton. Snyder said, “We couldn't ask for better ambassadors for our state to go out and represent our state, in terms of doing wonderful things. What an accomplishment. to win the first gold medal for the United States in Ice Dancing."
Davis and White were gold medal favorites at the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. They delivered powerful performances, posting a combined score of 195.52. The pair train under Marina Noueva, one of several of the world’s top figure skating coaches, who call Michigan home.
Davis said, "It's true, Michigan certainly is the Ice Dance capital of the world, and we couldn't be prouder to kind of be a part of all of that and be at the forefront of it." White added, "Going overseas and the Olympics and the World Championships and representing the state of Michigan is something that we always really look forward to. We work hard to make you guys proud, and so coming back and being able to celebrate with everyone is really an honor . I just want to say thank you very much."
Davis and White spent time on the floor of the Michigan Senate before heading back to Detroit to train for the ABC show “Dancing with the Stars.” They plan to fly to California Wednesday morning.