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Meryl Davis
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Davis and White at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Country represented  United States
Born (1987-01-01) January 1, 1987 (age 35)
Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.
Home town West Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 3 in
Partner Charlie White
Coach Marina Zoueva
Oleg Epstein
Johnny Johns
Former coach Igor Shpilband
Seth Chafetz
Choreographer Marina Zoueva
Former choreographer Igor Shpilband
Skating club Arctic Skating Club
Training locations Arctic Edge Ice Arena, Canton, Michigan
Began skating 1992
Retired February 23, 2017
World standing 24 (2015–16)
3 (2014–15)
1 (2013–14)
1 (2012–13)
1 (2011–12)
1 (2010–11)
1 (2009–10)
6 (2008–09)
6 (2007–08)
11 (2006–07)
22 (2005–06)
38 (2004–05)
47 (2003–04)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 195.52
2014 Winter Olympics
Short dance: 78.89
2014 Winter Olympics
Free dance 116.63
2014 Winter Olympics
Medal record
Figure skating: Ice dancing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2014 Sochi Ice dancing
Silver 2010 Vancouver Ice dancing
Bronze 2014 Sochi Team
World Championships
Gold 2011 Moscow Ice dancing
Gold 2013 London Ice dancing
Silver 2010 Turin Ice dancing
Silver 2012 Nice Ice dancing
Four Continents Championships
Gold 2009 Vancouver Ice dancing
Gold 2011 Taipei Ice dancing
Gold 2013 Osaka Ice dancing
Silver 2008 Goyang Ice dancing
Silver 2012 Colorado Springs Ice dancing
Grand Prix Final
Gold 2009–2010 Tokyo Ice dancing
Gold 2010–2011 Beijing Ice dancing
Gold 2011–2012 Quebec City Ice dancing
Gold 2012–2013 Sochi Ice dancing
Gold 2013–2014 Fukuoka Ice dancing
Bronze 2008–2009 Goyang Ice dancing
World Team Trophy
Silver 2012 Tokyo Team
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2006 Ljubljana Ice dancing
Junior Grand Prix Final
Silver 2005–2006 Ostrava Ice dancing

Meryl Davis (born January 1, 1987) is a former competitive American ice dancer. With partner Charlie White, she is the 2014 Olympic champion, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time (2011, 2013) World champion, five-time Grand Prix Final champion (2009–2013), three-time Four Continents champion (2009, 2011, 2013) and six-time U.S. national champion (2009–2014). They also won a bronze medal in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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, as well as the first Americans to win the Olympic title. At the 2006 NHK Trophy, they became the first ice dancing team to earn level fours on all their elements.

In 2014, Davis won the eighteenth season of Dancing with the Stars with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Personal life

Meryl Davis was born in Royal Oak, Michigan and raised in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, the daughter of Cheryl and Paul D. Davis. She has one younger brother, Clayton. She is of English, Irish, Scottish and German descent. Her paternal grandmother was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Davis has difficulty seeing out of her right eye and lacks depth perception. She was diagnosed with dyslexia in the third grade and she struggled with reading until the 11th grade. In June 2005, Davis graduated from Wylie E. Groves High School.

Davis previously lived in Birmingham, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in cultural anthropology and also studied Italian. She was an active member of the sorority Delta Delta Delta and plays the flute. Davis joined UNICEF Kid Power as a brand ambassador in March 2016.

On July 13, 2017, Davis became engaged to former figure skater Fedor Andreev, whom she had been dating for over six years. They married in Provence, France, in June 2019.

Career

Early career

She began skating at age five on a local lake in the winter. Due to her vision problems, Davis often hugged the boards when she first started skating. She started out as a single skater, but began doing ice dance at age eight. She got as high as Midwestern sectionals in novice ladies before quitting singles to focus on ice dancing.

She was teamed up with Charlie White by her coach, Seth Chafetz, in 1997. In 2009, Davis said: "Charlie and I grew up 10 minutes apart from each other. Our parents are best friends. We've grown together and know each other so well."

In their first season together, Davis/White won the silver medal at the Junior Olympics in the Juvenile division. In 1999–00, they won gold at the Junior Olympics on the intermediate level. In the 2000–01 season, they qualified for the 2001 U.S. Championships, placing 6th as Novices. In 2001–02, they won the silver medal as novices and then moved up to the junior level. In the 2002–03 season, they did not win a medal at either of their two Junior Grand Prix assignments and placed 7th at the 2003 U.S. Championships in their junior debut.

Junior career

In the 2003–2004 season, Davis/White 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/White won two bronze medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series. However, White broke his ankle before Sectionals and so Davis/White were unable to qualify for the 2005 U.S. Championships. Their season ended there.

In the 2005–2006 season, Davis/White 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. They lost some training time after White broke his ankle at a hockey tournament in 2006.

Senior career

Davis and White

Post-competitive career

Davis and White continue to perform together in ice shows. On February 23, 2017, they confirmed that they would not return to competition.

Programs

Davis and White

Competitive highlights

(with White)

Davis and White

Detailed results

(with White)

Davis and White

Dancing with the Stars

On March 4, 2014, Davis was announced as one of the contestants on the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars paired with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She competed against her skating partner, Charlie White, who was also cast to take part on the 18th season of the show. On May 20, 2014, Davis and Chmerkovskiy were declared the season's champions. Davis currently has the highest celebrity average of 28.4 out of all the seasons based on the 30 point system and once tied with actresses Jennifer Grey and Rumer Willis for the record of the most perfect scores rewarded, with 6 (which is now held by Jordan Fisher with 9).

Dancing with the Stars performances

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "All Night" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Swing / "Big and Bad" 8 9 8 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "All of Me" 10 9/101 10 Safe
42 Argentine Tango / "Too Close" 10 9/103 10 No Elimination
5 Samba / "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" 9 9/94 9 Safe
6 Tango / "Feel So Close" 10 105/10 10 Safe
7 Salsa / "Adrenalina"
Team Freestyle / "Livin' la Vida Loca"
10
10
106/9
10/9
10
10
Safe
8 Rumba / "Read All About It, Pt. III"
Celebrity Dance Duel (Samba) / "I Luh Ya Papi"
9
8
9/87
9/8
10
9
Safe
9
Semifinals
Jive / "Hound Dog"
Viennese Waltz / "Just a Fool"
10
10
10/108
10/10
10
10
Last to be called safe
10
Finals
Argentine Tango / "Montserrat"
Freestyle / "Latch"
"Foxtrot & Cha-cha-cha Fusion / "Glowing"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
WON

1Score given by guest judge Robin Roberts.

2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up" week, Davis did not perform with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and instead performed with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

3Score given by guest judge Julianne Hough.

4 Score given by guest judge Donny Osmond.

5 Score given by guest judge Redfoo.

6 Score given by guest judge Ricky Martin.

7 Score given by guest judge Abby Lee Miller.

8 Score given by guest judge Kenny Ortega.

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