Early career[ edit ] White began skating at age five. As a single skater, he won the bronze medal at the U. Championships on the Novice level, and competed internationally on the junior level.
He quit skating singles following the —06 season in order to focus on ice dancing. He began ice dancing when he was seven at his coach's advice, who hoped it would smooth out White's skating. Our parents are best friends. We've grown together and know each other so well. In , they won gold at the Junior Olympics on the intermediate level. Championships , placing 6th as Novices.
In , they won the silver medal as novices and then moved up to the junior level. In the season, they did not win a medal at either of their two Junior Grand Prix assignments and placed 7th at the U.
Championships in their junior debut. This earned them a trip to the Junior Worlds , where they placed 13th. Their season ended there.
They won the junior national title at the U. Championships and then won the bronze medal at the 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 At the NHK Trophy , they became the first team to earn all level fours on their elements. At the U. Championships , they won the bronze medal at the senior level, qualifying them for the World Championships.
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 Four Continents and were sixth at the World Championships.
In their second assignment, the 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. At the — Grand Prix Final , they won the bronze medal. Overall they won the gold medal with a score of 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 National Championships , Davis and White won their second national title. They also won the silver medal at the World Championships. They won NHK with Following NHK, they decided to make some adjustments to their free dance. Their results qualified them for the — Grand Prix Final where they successfully defended their title, scoring They won their 3rd consecutive national title at the U. Championships held at Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Canadians later withdrew from the free dance. At the World Championships , theyplaced second in the short dance by 0. In the free dance, they placed first with a score of Overall, they won the gold medal with a score of This was the United States' first ice dancing World title. At Rostelecom Cup , the couple improved with a total score of Their placements qualified them for the — Grand Prix Final , where they won the gold medal at the event.
The two would later become silver medalists at the Four Continents Championships and World Championships. They continued their undefeated season winning the gold medal at the Four Continents , despite a small bobble that left them in second in the short dance portion. During the team event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Davis and White earned 20 points in two first-place finishes for the U. Davis and White posted record scores in both the short program and freedance and were awarded the first Olympic gold medal for Americans in ice dance  They performed with Stars on Ice in In February , they confirmed that they would not return to competition.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White perform their free dance at the U.