A stunning afternoon of ice dancing at the 2014 U.S. figure skating championships in Boston came to a close Jan. 11 as World Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White soared to a record-setting sixth consecutive national title. Although the official announcement won't come until Jan. 12 following the men's free skate, the win ensures that Davis and White will represent the U.S. as part of the 2014 Olympic team in Sochi, where they will be gold medal favorites.
Davis and White entered the free skate riding a two-year undefeated streak, and didn't disappoint as they posted a mind-boggling personal best mark of 119.50, which included a perfect component score mark of 60. Their total competition score of 200.19 bested that of silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates (181.44) by a whopping 18.75 points. Like Davis and White, Chock and Bates, who also earned the silver medal at the 2013 U.S. championships, will likely represent the U.S. in Sochi.
Siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani, who danced a memorable free skate to a compilation of Michael Jackson hits, placed third with a final mark of 170.44 and will probably take the third and final ice dancing Olympic berth. The duo edged the fourth place team of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (168.27) by a little more than two points.
The full 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team, featuring three individual ladies, two individual men, two pairs and three ice dancing pairs, will be revealed following the conclusion of the men's free skate on Jan. 12.