Meryl Davis

Meryl Davis
Meryl Davis

Davis & White at the 2008 Four Continents Championships
Personal information
Full name Meryl Davis
Country represented  United States
Born January 1, 1987 (1987-01-01) (age 24)
Royal Oak, Michigan
Home town West Bloomfield, Michigan
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Partner Charlie White
Coach Igor Shpilband
Marina Zoueva
Former coach Seth Chafetz
Choreographer Igor Shpilband
Marina Zoueva
Skating club Arctic FSC
Current training locations Canton, Michigan
Began skating 1990
World standing 1 (As of 17 June 2011 (2011 -06-17))[1]
Season's bests 1 (2010–2011)[2]
2 (2009–2010)[3]
4 (2008–2009)[4]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 185.27
2011 Worlds
Short dance: 73.76
2011 Worlds
Free dance 111.51
2011 Worlds
Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Pair's Ice dancing
Competitor for the  United States
Silver 2010 Vancouver Ice dancing

Meryl Davis (born January 1, 1987) is an American ice dancer. With partner Charlie White, she is the 2011 World champion, 2010 Olympic silver medalist, the 2010 World silver medalist, a two-time (2009, 2010) Grand Prix Final champion, two-time (2009, 2011) Four Continents champion and three-time (2009–2011) U.S. national champion.

Davis and White teamed up in 1997 and they are currently the longest lasting dance team in the United States. They are the first American ice dancers to win the World title. At the 2006 NHK Trophy, they became the first ice dancing team to earn level fours on all their elements.[5]

At the 2010 U.S. Championships, they were nominated to represent the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[6] They won the silver medal in the ice dancing event.

They are the current world record holders for the free dance in the 2010-2011 season.


Personal life

Meryl Davis was raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She lives and attends school in Ann Arbor, Michigan and trains in Canton, Michigan.

In June 2005, Davis graduated from Wylie E. Groves High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society and, upon graduation, received the Phi Beta Kappa Society award. She attends the University of Michigan, where she is majoring in cultural anthropology,[7] and also studying Italian.[8] She is an active member of the sorority Delta Delta Delta. She can play the flute.[8]


Early career

Davis began skating at age five on a local lake in the winter.[9] She started out as a single skater, but began doing ice dance at age eight.[9] She got as high as Midwestern sectionals in novice ladies before quitting singles to focus on ice dancing.[9]

She was teamed up with Charlie White by her coach, Seth Chafetz, in 1997.[9][10] The duo immediately experienced success. In their first year as partners they won the silver medal at the Junior Olympics in the Juvenile division.

In the 2000–2001 season,they qualified for the 2001 U.S. Championships, placing 6th as Novices. The next season they won the silver medal as novices and then moved up to Junior. They did not win a medal at either of their two Junior Grand Prix assignments and placed 7th at the 2002 U.S. Championships in their junior debut.

Junior career

In the 2003–2004 season, they won their sectional championship and then won the junior silver medal at Nationals. This earned them a trip to the 2004 Junior Worlds, where they placed 13th.

In the 2004–2005 season, Davis and White did very well internationally on the Junior circuit, winning two bronze medals. However, White broke his ankle before Sectionals and so Davis and White were unable to qualify for the 2005 U.S. Championships. Their season ended there.

In the 2005–2006 season, they came back strong. They medaled at both their Junior Grand Prix events and placed second at the Junior Grand Prix Final. They won the Junior National Title at the 2006 U.S. Championships and then won the bronze medal at the 2006 Junior Worlds. Following that season, Davis aged out of Juniors.

Senior career

Davis and White performing their free dance to The Phantom of the Opera at the 2009-2010 Grand Prix Final.

2006–2007 season

In the 2006–2007 season, they made their debut both nationally and internationally as seniors. They placed 4th at both their 2006–2007 ISU Grand Prix assignments. At the 2006 NHK Trophy, they became the first team to earn all level fours on their elements. At the 2007 U.S. Championships, they won the bronze medal at the senior level, qualifying them for the 2007 World Championships. They are the first team since Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto to go directly from winning the Junior national title to making the World team.

At the World Championships, Davis and White placed 7th, the highest debut placement for an American team at Worlds since 1980.[11]

2007–2008 season

Davis and White placed 4th at the 2007 Skate America and then went on to win their first Grand Prix medal at the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard.

They completely revamped their Eleanor Rigby's Eleanor's Dream free dance before the 2008 U.S. Championships due to its poor reception. They won the silver medal at the competition, one spot up from the previous season. They also won silver at 2008 Four Continents and were sixth at the 2008 World Championships.

2008–2009 season

In the 2008–2009 season, Davis and White won their first Grand Prix assignment, the 2008 Skate Canada. In their second assignment, the 2008 Cup of Russia, they placed third in the compulsory dance but were eighth in the original dance after White fell twice and stumbled on twizzles.[10] They recovered in the free dance, placing second in the segment and moving up to win the bronze medal, which together with the gold from Skate Canada was enough to qualify them for their first Grand Prix Final. At the 2008–2009 Grand Prix Final, they won the bronze medal.

At the 2009 National Championships, they won the event after reigning champions Belbin and Agosto withdrew due to injury. They won by a 20 point margin over silver medalists Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates.

In February 2009, they won the ice dance title at the Four Continents Championships, placing second in both the compulsory and original dance behind training mates Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir but winning the free dance.[12]

At the 2009 World Championships they placed 4th. Though they placed third in both the original and free dance portions, they lost too much ground in the compulsory to overcome training mates Virtue and Moir for the bronze. Only .04 points separated 3rd from 4th.

2009–2010 season

They competed at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, finishing first in all the segments of the competition. Overall they won the gold medal with a score of 200.46 points, 30.87 ahead of silver medalists Alexandra Zaretski and Roman Zaretski.

They won the 2009 Rostelecom Cup and the 2009 NHK Trophy, which qualified them for the 2009–2010 Grand Prix Final. At the Grand Prix Final, they won the original dance and placed second in the free dance to win the title overall, becoming the first American ice dancers to do so. At the 2010 National Championships, Davis and White won their second national title.[8] They beat former training partners Belbin and Agosto, the first time they had ever done so, and led through all portions of the competition.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, they placed second to Canada's Virtue & Moir, winning silver. They skated a personal best in the free skate portion of ice dancing, garnering a score of 107.19 and received a personal best total score of 215.74.

They also won the silver medal at the 2010 World Championships.

2010–2011 season

Davis and White were undefeated in their 2010-2011 season.

For the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix season, they were assigned to the 2010 NHK Trophy and to the 2010 Skate America. They won NHK with 66.97 points in the short dance and 98.24 in the free dance, for a total of 165.21 points. Following NHK, they decided to make some adjustments to their free dance.[13] At Skate America they earned 63.62 in the short dance and 93.06 points in the free dance after both fell, with their nearest rivals also having a fall.[14] They earned an overall total of 156.68 and the gold medal. Their results qualified them for the 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final where they successfully defended their title, scoring 68.64 in the short and 102.94 in the free for a total of 171.58 points. They won their 3rd consecutive national title at the U.S. Championships held at Greensboro, North Carolina. They earned 76.04 points for their short dance and 109.44 points for their free dance scoring a total of 185.48 points.

At the 2011 Four Continents Championships, they placed second to Virtue and Moir in the short dance. The Canadians later withdrew from the free dance. Davis and White went on to win the free dance and the title.

At the 2011 World Championships, Davis and White placed second in the short dance by 0.53 points, with a score of 73.76 points. In the free dance, they placed first with a score of 111.51 points, the highest free dance score that season. Overall, they won the gold medal by 3.48 points over reigning Olympic and World champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. This was the United States' first ice dancing World title.

2011–2012 season

For the 2011–2012 season, Davis and White are assigned to two Grand Prix events, 2011 Skate America and 2011 Cup of Russia, having declined a newly introduced option to compete in a third.[15] They announced their music selections in August, including La Strada for their free dance,[15] but in October announced a change to Die Fledermaus.[16] Davis and White won gold at Skate America, with 70.33 points in the short dance and 107.74 points in the free dance. They were 21.78 points ahead of 2nd place team Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat.


Davis & White perform their Beyond the Sea exhibition at the 2006 Skate Canada International.
Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
2011–2012 Batucadas
by Mitoka Samba
Life is a Carnival
by various artists
On The Floor
by Jennifer Lopez
Die Fledermaus
by Johann Strauss II
Someone Like You
by Adele
2010–2011 Waltz: Brindisi from La Traviata
by Giuseppe Verdi

Waltz: Musetta's Waltz from La Boheme
by Giacomo Puccini

Il Postino (soundtrack)
by Luis Bacalov

Payadora (Forever Tango)
by Lisandro Adrover

Recuerdo (Forever Tango)
by Lisandro Adrover

The Way I Am
by Ingrid Michaelson

Rhythm of Love
by Plain White T's

Original dance
2009–2010 Kajra Re
from Bunty Aur Babli soundtrack
by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani
and Loy Mendonsa

Silsila Ye Chahat Ka &
Dola Re Dola
from Devdas soundtrack
by Sameer and Nusret Badr
Overture &
Music of the Night &
Point of No Return
from The Phantom of the Opera
by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Billie Jean
by Michael Jackson
performed by David Cook
2008–2009 Happy Feet
by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager
20's Piano Original Composition
by Joe Laduke
Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
by Camille Saint-Saëns
S'Apre Per Te Il Mio Cuore
by Filippa Giordano
Don't Stop Me Now
by Queen
2007–2008 Kalinka
by Ivan Larionov
Eleanor's Dream
Eleanor Rigby
by The Beatles
Beyond the Sea
by Bobby Darin
performed by Kevin Spacey
2006–2007 A Los Amigos
by Ástor Piazzolla
Prince Igor
from Polovtsian Dances
by Alexander Borodin
Beyond the Sea
by Bobby Darin
performed by Kevin Spacey
2005–2006 Ran Kan Kan – En Los Pasos de mi Padre
by Tito Puente
Bésame Mucho
from Un Bolero Por Favor
by Consuelo Velázquez
performed by Nana Mouskouri
by Handel
2004–2005 Bésame Mucho
from Un Bolero Por Favor
by Consuelo Velázquez
performed by Nana Mouskouri
by Handel
2003–2004 Pennsylvania 6-5000
That's All Right
This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof
Hasta Que te Conoci
De Mis Manos
Voy a Conquistarte
Que Viva la Alegria
by Raúl di Blasio
2002–2003 Die Fledermaus
by Johan Strauss
by Rachel Portman

Competitive highlights

(with White)

Senior results

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Winter Olympic Games 2nd
World Championships 7th 6th 4th 2nd 1st
Four Continents Championships 4th 2nd 1st 1st
U.S. Championships 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 3rd 1st 1st
Cup of Russia 3rd 1st TBD
NHK Trophy 4th 1st 1st
Skate America 4th 1st 1st
Skate Canada 4th 1st
Trophée Eric Bompard 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st

Pre-2006 results

Event 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06
World Junior Championships 13th 3rd
U.S. Championships 6th N. 6th N. 2nd N. 7th J. 2nd J. 1st J.
U.S. Junior Championships 2nd Ju. 1st I.
Junior Grand Prix Final 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Andorra 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Bulgaria 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Romania 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Serbia 6th 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Japan 4th
Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic 4th
Junior Grand Prix, Germany 8th
Hellmut Cup Memorial 1st N.
Midwestern Sectionals 1st I. 3rd N. 2nd N. 1st N. 1st J.
Eastern Great Lakes Regional 1st Ju. 1st I. 3rd N.
  • Ju = Juvenile level; I = Intermediate level; N = Novice level; J = Junior level


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  2. ^ "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2010/2011 : Ice Dance". International Skating Union. April 30, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2009/2010 : Ice Dance". International Skating Union. March 26, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "ISU Judging System - Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Ice Dance". International Skating Union. April 18, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Zanca, Sal (January 9, 2007). "NHK milestone gives confidence to Davis and White". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Figure Skating Announces Ladies, Ice Dancing Teams Nominated to 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team". U.S. Figure Skating. January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Armour, Nancy (January 5, 2010). "Davis-White's Bollywood-style OD a hit in India". Associated Press (The Seattle Times). Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (February 4, 2010). "Davis and White Win Second U. S. Ice Dancing Crown". Skate Today. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (July 15, 2004). "Meryl Davis and Charlie White: Davis and White in Long Term Partnership". Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Golinsky, Reut (2009). "Meryl Davis and Charlie White: "We'd like to mix up the order in the US team!"". Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ Fawcett, Laura (March 23, 2007). "Belbin and Agosto Capture Ice Dancing Bronze Medal". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  12. ^ Helene Elliott (2009-02-06). "Meryl Davis, Charlie White skate to an upset victory". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  13. ^ Binder, Doug (November 13, 2010). "Skate America: Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White relish rise and U.S. performance". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Kanako Murakami wins 1st senior title". Associated Press (ESPN). November 14, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Kany, Klaus-Reinhold; Rutherford, Lynn (August 8, 2011). "There's no time to waste in Canton". Icenetwork. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (October 20, 2011). "Davis, White go in different direction". Icenetwork. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 

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