Published On: Tue, Feb 18th, 2014

Charlie White Wins Olympic Gold

Charlie White and his long-term skating partner Meryl Davis made Olympic history when they won the ice dance gold for the first time for the United States.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance / Getty

After a number of unsuccessful attempts Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first American couple to win a gold medal in ice dancing at the  Sochi Winter Olympics currently being held in Russia.

Charlie and Meryl went into the Olympics with considerable expectations, being considered the most likely members of the  U.S. team to pick up a gold. And they did themselves and their country proud, sealing the gold medal with a faultless final stage performance, against the background of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”

The American couple saw off the challenge of the hotly fancied Canadian pairing of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who sent Charlie White and Meryl Davis into silver medal place in the Winter Olympics held in Vancouver four years ago. Since then the Canadians and Americans have been fighting a tough battle  in all of the international competitions that they have competed in, with generally either one of the two finishing in first and second place.

Charlie and Meryl went into Monday’s final day holding a three-point lead over the Canadian rivals, after succeeding breaking a world record in the short program of 78.89 points. They never got to stand as for the  long program, scoring 116.63, to make for a  total of 195.52 points for their entire program,  breaking another Olympic record.

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The Americans were well aware of what they had to do being set a total of 190.99 to surpass, which they did with comparative ease thanks to their  flawless final round performance

To understand the quality of the competition between the American and Canadian partners winners of the Bronze medal, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, finished with a combined points total of 183.48, more than 12 points behind Charlie and Meryl.

Charlie Davis and Meryl White first began to stake as a pair way back in 1997 making them the most durable dance team in the United States, Their gold-medal winning performance yesterday  means that  as well as being they are the first American ice dancers to win both a World title as well as an Olympic title.

Charlie  and Meryl  are the current world record holders in the short dance, free dance, as well as current holders of the highest total combined score in any competition.

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