Olympic gold medalist Charlie White may have lost out on the mirror ball trophy during the spring 2014 season of "Dancing with the Stars," but the popular, affable athlete has a big reason to celebrate. On June 10, he revealed that he'd proposed to long-time girlfriend and fellow ice dancer Tanith Belbin during a romantic Hawaiian vacation, and the beautiful blonde said yes.
White, who won America's first-ever Olympic gold medal in ice dancing with partner Meryl Davis at the Sochi Games, announced the big news via Instagram. He posted a photo of himself and his new fiancee along with the caption "Couldn't ask for a more beautiful setting for the best time in our life! Hashtag she said yes!!!"
Davis quickly offered up her congratulations to the happy couple, tweeting "Congrats to these two! Beautiful girl, beautiful [ring]. Good work @CharlieaWhite" shortly after her partner's announcement. Fellow Olympian Maia Shibutani followed suit with a tweet of her own that read "Congratulations @TanithJLB & @CharlieaWhite! I'm so happy for you guys!"
The big announcement was the second made by White in recent history. The first came on June 6 when he and Davis announced their plan to sit out the coming figure skating season. Whether or not they will return to competitive skating is up in the air. They've achieved tremendous success over the course of their 17 year partnership, including Olympic gold and silver medals, two world championships, six U.S. national championships, and five Grand Prix Final championships. In recent years, only Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have come close to Davis and White's level of success.
Although White is the one who is engaged, it was Davis who was most recently in the romance spotlight as rumors ran wild that she'd connected with "DWTS" pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Before winning the competition, the duo's undeniably intense chemistry on the ballroom floor raised more than a few eyebrows, and the two repeatedly dodged questions regarding their relationship status.
"Dancing with the Stars" returns to ABC in the fall of 2014. The 2014-15 figure skating season begins July 1.