When the 2014 Olympics kick off in Sochi in early February, World Champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White of Team USA will perform a routine choreographed by five-time "Dancing with the Stars" pro champion Derek Hough. The talented and popular dancer shared his thoughts on working with the equally talented duo in a Jan. 2 Ice Network article.
Hough, who approached the task of putting together the pair's "My Fair Lady" program with almost no experience on the ice, was very complimentary of his students and their impressive performance skills. He called them "good, all-around people" and praised their willingness to learn and take his direction. He found their ability to bring his work to life on the ice "remarkable."
Davis, 27, and White, 26, enter the Sochi Winter Games as ostensible favorites to win ice dancing gold, though they'll face tough competition from Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Virtue and Moir, who are Davis and White's training partners, took the gold medal at the Vancouver Games in 2010, but most recently finished second to Davis and White at the 2013-14 Grand Prix Final after each couple posted a succession of record-breaking scores.
Hough, 28, had a golden 2013 as a "DWTS" pro, winning both seasons and 16 and 17 with celebrity partners Kellie Pickler and Amber Riley. Whether or not he'll return to the reality dance competition for another go at the mirror ball trophy when season 18 premieres in March is up in the air.
Ice dancing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia begins Feb. 16 with the free dance round. "Dancing with the Stars" 2014 will begin in March on ABC.