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Davis, White favored to be 1st U.S. couple to win Olympic gold in ice dance

Meryl Davis and Charlie White favorites to win Olympic gold in Sochi for ice dance.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White favorites to win Olympic gold in Sochi for ice dance.
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After winning their sixth straight U.S. Championship in ice dancing on Jan. 11, 2014, Meryl Davis and Charlie White are favored to be the first U.S. couple to take home the gold in ice dance in the upcoming Olympics, according to NBC Sports.

The report indicates that Davis and White received a standing ovation Saturday at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. after performing a “Scheherazade” free dance. The couple’s performance earned them a “perfect 60-point component score” and the two “became the first couple to break 200 points at a U.S. Championships since ice dropped from three programs to two in 2011.”

Davis told NBC the pair is “working really hard” to win gold.

Davis and White will compete in Sochi with two other probable contending teams from the U.S.: Madison Chock and Evan Bates, and siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani. The final roster will be announced on Sunday.

According to NBC, Davis and White won silver in the 2010 Olympics, Bates also took home a medal in that year, and the Shibutani siblings, affectionately called the “ShibSibs,” took home the bronze in 2011.

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