DETROIT (WWJ) – Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the University of Michigan students who train at the Arctic Edge in Canton, have won the gold medal in ice dancing.
It’s the first Olympic title in the event for the United States. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Moyer) of Canada, the 2010 champions who also train in Canton, took silver.
Reagan Liberatore made time to watch the skate with dozens of other skating fans at the Canton skating arena.
“It was really nerve-wreaking before they skated because we really just love seeing them skate here everyday and when they skate and they did as well as they did – it was absolutely amazing,” said Liberatore.
She says Davis and White are very generous in their support of other skaters on the ice.
CBS news correspondent Steve Futterman, speaking live on WWJ from Sochi, said the crowd was prepared for Davis and White to win.
“Everyone sort of felt, especially after last night, that this was going to be more of a corrination than a competition, and I think in a sense it was,” said Futterman. “They had a wide margin, relatively wide margin after the short program, and all they had to do was a good program, but they did a very good program.”
“The first time the US has won the gold medal in the ice dance” added Futterman.
The Americans scored 116.63 points in the free dance — which is the highest score ever in Olympic competition.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s performance in the short program combined with the best performance in the free dance Monday was pure gold for the pair.
The win means the United States can lay claim to its fifth gold medal during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Davis and White were disappointed four years ago when they finished in second place – but now they bring home the gold.
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