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Editor’s note: Renee Felton, manager of media relations at U.S. Figure Skating, has spent much of the last four years helping to promote Team USA and its cornerstone ice dance team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White. She’s attended countless media and sponsor functions with the team from Michigan as well as competitions all over the globe. Felton has been one of the major point people for all of their print and TV interview requests and was in Sochi as their historic gold-medal quest unfolded. The following is her first-person account of Davis and White’s thrilling and dramatic Olympic moment, as well as the memorable experiences shared with the other U.S. Olympic ice dance teams of Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. Enjoy!


Evan Bates , Simon Shnapir and the rest of the Team USA contin- gent greet Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the USA House.


Watching Davis and White achieve Olympic gold was unforgettable; Chock and Bates, Shibutanis realize their own dreams in Sochi


by RENEE FELTON


My heart is vir- tually pounding out


of my chest as they take the ice to warm up.


“Why don’t they ever skate together


when they warm up?” Josh Ellis wonders, exas- perated as he tries to snap a picture for Twitter. Te Olympic free dance. Tis is what we


have been waiting for — and Josh, U.S. Figure Skating’s social media guru, wants to remind the fans that our gold-medal moment might be near.


Meryl Davis, in a beautiful lavender


dress, and Charlie White, dapper as always, stroke around on opposite corners of the Olympic ice. Meanwhile, the noise produced by


the Russian crowd is deafening as they await the scores of Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev. We’ve just watched the host country’s best teams skate back-to-back. Even-


tual bronze medalists Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov nearly blow the roof off the Iceberg Skating Palace, while exuberant cheers try to lift the spirits of a sobbing Bobrova. Te reigning World bronze medalists would go on to finish sixth.


First in Russian then in English, the scores


are announced. And then the arena becomes pin-drop quiet — only the rogue “Ruh-see-uh” chant breaks the silence. “Representing the United States of Ameri-


ca — Meryl Davis and Charlie White.” Te six-time and reigning U.S. champs


take their Scheherazade starting pose with a 2.56-point lead over rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. Te lead seems sizable knowing what Meryl and Charlie are capa- ble of, but just 20 minutes before we watched Virtue and Moir perform a beautiful, world-re- cord-breaking free dance.


As has been the norm for the last four


Davis and White’s mesmerizing free dance to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade garnered a record score of 116.63 points and clinched the United States’ first Olympic gold medal in ice dance.


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