American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be going home with Olympic gold medals to add to their collection – bronze from the new figure skating team event and silver from the 2010 Olympics – and the first Olympic ice dancing title for the United States.
As ice dancing favorites, much is already known about the pair, such as they’re not very superstitious, although they always hug their moms before a competition. And they’ve been skating together since 1997, having grown up 10 minutes apart in the Michigan suburbs.
But here are some things you may not know about the winning couple.
1. They’re not dating, but they “take it as a compliment” when people ask
Although they’re a dream couple on the ice, the pair are not romantically involved. But Davis said in a pre-Olympics teleconference that she and White “take it as a compliment” when people ask, since their strong on-ice connection is so convincing.
2. They would be willing to appear on Dancing with the Stars
It’s no secret that Dancing with the Stars‘s Derek Hough choreographed their Olympic routine, but it may be less-known that the Olympians would be honored to appear on the show themselves. “If we were asked to be on that show, I think we would be really excited for that opportunity for sure,” Davis said in the same teleconference.
3. They got a shout-out from the University of Michigan
Davis and White are officially students at U of M, although they’ve taken the year off to focus on skating. Upon news of their win, the University of Michigan Tweeted, “CONGRATULATIONS to two of our Wolverines, @Meryl_Davis and @CharlieaWhite for winning the GOLD in #Sochi! Go Red, White, and BLUE!”
4. They give back
Not only did they give the U.S. its first ice dancing title, Davis and White also support the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Humane Society, according to Look to the Stars, which profiles celebrity giving.
5. White likes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Third Eye Blind, Jack Johnson and Kanye West
On their website, the pair lists some favorite things, like the type of music they enjoy. While White includes specifics, Davis keeps it vague, “I like all kinds of music, it depends on my mood!” she says. She does admit to being fond of “peanut butter and chicken Caesar salads (not together).”