American figure skaters have been among the best in the world in ice dance for the past decade or so. The best of the best, though, has to be partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, they became the first American team to win the gold medal in ice dance. You may have noticed that they haven’t competed since standing atop the Olympic podium, though, so what have Davis and White been up to these past eight years? As it turns out, both still have close connections to the sport.
Since retiring, White has served on and off as a commentator for ice-dance competitions for the now-defunct Ice Network as well as for NBC Sports. More recently, he has headed back to the training rink, this time as a coach and choreographer. This season, White worked with up-and-coming American ice-dance team Emily Bratti and Ian Somerville as their choreographer.
White married Tanith Belbin, who was the 2006 Olympic silver medalist in ice dance with partner Ben Agosto, in 2015. They welcomed a son, Charlie, in 2017. In late 2021, the Whites announced the formation of a new ice-dance academy in Michigan. The Michigan Ice Dance Academy, opening later this year, will be run by the couple and 2009 World Junior champion Greg Zuerlein; all three used to train together back in their competitive days. Their priority, according to an interview with US Figure Skating, is supporting their students to be well-rounded and healthy.
“There is this sort of myth that being a strong person is being a self-sufficient person and asking for help or needing help is a sign of weakness,” White said. “We want to be there for our athletes not by trying to have or to act as if we have all of the answers, but instead to normalize, make acceptable, and encourage the idea that going out and finding help when you need it is a sign of strength.”
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