Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Beauty of Sport, Part Three: Ice dancer Meryl Davis

Meryl Davis is a young ice dancer who's already made a lot of history.  

She and her partner Charlie White (below) became only the second American pair in a row to win an Olympic silver medal in ice dancing, a sport from which Americans had historically been shut out of Olympic medal contention, at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.  (Tanith Belbin, an earlier honoree on this blog, and her partner Benjamin Agosto won the silver medal in 2006.)   Then, at Sochi, Russia in 2014, the pair won the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in ice dancing ever - ever! - beating out arch-rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.

She and Charlie have won a  lot of other national and international ice dancing championships - too many to list here.

Although ice dancing is a pairs sport, Meryl Davis is clearly the dominant figure in this duo.  On my other blog, I referred to Charlie White as "the man who accompanied Meryl Davis to Russia."  That sums it up. :-D   

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