World and six-time U.S. national champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who will represent the nation in February as members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team in Sochi, Russia, spoke with reporters during a Jan. 22 press conference. The talented duo addressed numerous topics ranging from the serious to the lighthearted, including their thoughts on safety during the games, the debut of the team competition, and whether or not they'd be interested in competing on a future season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Davis opened the discussion by asserting that she and White were both "feeling really strong, healthy, positive and really excited for the games."
When asked about security concerns in Sochi, Davis wisely noted that "those circumstances are very much out of our hands" and expressed "faith in all the committees involved in keeping the athletes and visitors in Sochi safe." She said that instead of harping on the uncontrollable elements of the Olympic experience, she and White planned to "focus on the task at hand" and skate for gold.
In addition to their individual performances, Davis also expressed enthusiasm when questioned about the newly implemented team event, which kicks off before the Feb. 7 opening ceremonies. She said they have "high hopes" for both events, and acknowledged that it would be "incredibly exciting" to be among the first figure skaters to earn two medals in a single Olympic year.
When Examiner asked about the duo's experience working on their "My Fair Lady" short dance with Emmy winning choreographer and dancer Derek Hough, White had only positive things to say, calling him "a genius" and praising his ability to "come up with routines" on the fly. He said they enjoyed experiencing Hough's "zest for dancing" in person and seeing "what makes him tick". Davis spoke up when asked whether either would be willing to take part as a celebrity contestant on "Dancing with the Stars," confirming that they'd be "really excited for that opportunity" if it arose.
The individual ice dancing event at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi will take place Feb. 16-17. Davis and White and fellow team USA skaters Alex and Maia Shibutani and Madison Chock and Evan Bates will all dance for spots on the podium.