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Olympic champs to compete against each other on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are used to competing together — after all, the six-

time and reigning U.S. champions have skated together for more than 17 years — but for the first time, they’ll be each other’s competition. The 2014 Olympic gold medalists have joined the cast of the popular reality show “Dancing with the Stars.” Davis is partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and White will dance with Sharna Bur-

gess. Besides challenging each other for the coveted mirror ball trophy (and bragging rights), they’ll face tough competition from Sean Avery, a former professional ice hockey player; Can- dace Cameron Bure, an actress and author; and Amy Purdy, a top-ranked snowboarder. They will also have to contend with “The Switch-Up,” a new twist for this season. View-

ers will be given the chance to vote and change up the celebrities’ pro-dancer partnerships. The ice dance team first became connected with the show through Derek Hough, a

popular “Dancing with the Stars” cast member. Hough worked with Davis and White on their “My Fair Lady” short dance this past season. Figure skaters have traditionally been strong competitors in past seasons of “Dancing

with the Stars.” Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic champion, competed in the 10th season of the show and finished second. And in season six, 1992 Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi was the celebrity champion. The show airs on ABC on Monday night at 8 Eastern Time.

— Kama Korvela

Dash Tours named ‘Official Tour Operator’ of U.S. Figure Skating

Dash Tours is the Official Tour Operator

for U.S. Figure Skating through 2016 and the Official Tour Operator for the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, set for March 28–April 3, 2016, in Boston. Dash Tours, a Canadian-based compa-

ny operating out of Regina, Saskatchewan, has provided fans worldwide first-class sports and entertainment tour options for 35 years. The partnership with U.S. Figure Skating includes print, digital and TV vis- ibility throughout the term of the agree- ment. The partnership will also allow Dash to work more closely with U.S. Figure Skat- ing’s members and loyal fan base. “Dash Tours has consistently delivered

high quality tour options for figure skating fans around the world,” said Ramsey Baker, chief marketing officer, U.S. Figure Skating. “By working together, U.S. Figure Skating can ensure that quality tour options for our

passionate fan base continue to grow in the future.” The 2016 World Championships will

be Dash Tours’ 20th World Championships tour since figure skating tours became part of the company’s product line in 1996. “We are excited about the opportu-

nity to give the world’s figure skating fans the opportunity to attend the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships,” Dash Tours President David Ash, said. “The United States has a history of hosting world-class figure skating events, and we are looking forward to playing an active role in bring- ing fans to Boston to see this world-class event, live and in person.” Reservations for the 2016 World Figure

Skating Championships tour, as well as the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships tour (Greensboro, N.C.) are available by vis- iting


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