Today, March 3, Meryl Davis and Charlie White officially elected not to compete at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships, which begins on March 24. After winning gold at the Winter Olympic Games only a few weeks ago, this ice dancing pair have been going from one appearance to the next, making the most of their Olympic accomplishment.
"We feel that our incredibly positive Olympic experience is the culmination of and perfect ending to a wonderful four-year cycle," White said, acceding to the official U.S. Figure Skating media release. "We will leave our options open for the future and are excited to cheer on our American teammates as they compete in Japan."
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were the first alternates, but due to injury the second alternates, Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton will be going in their place. The two other U.S. ice dance teams competing this year will be Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.
Also opting out of the World Championships, are Davis and White's longstanding rivals, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from Canada who are set to retire at the close of this season. Davis and White along with Virtue and Moir have dominated the top of the world podium since 2010. It will be exciting to see which team takes advantage of this opportunity to become the new world champions.
Patrick Chan has also chosen not to compete at the World Championships this season, while Jeremy Abbott will be making this competition his final stop before retirement. After such an eventful Olympic Games, it will be interesting to see who will come back and compete and which skaters will determine to bring their career to an end.
2014 U.S. World Figure Skating Team:
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir
Caydee Denney and John Coughlin
Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani