11:31 pm - 02/27/2014

Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White visit 'Today' and 'The Colbert Report'

Fresh from their gold-medal winning performance in Sochi, Olympic ice skating champs Meryl Davis and Charlie White take to the rink in Rockefeller Center. “It’s been an awesome ride,” says White. The duo don their winning medals. “We never want to take them off,” he says.

For 17 years, Meryl Davis and Charlie White always had another competition to train for, another goal to accomplish.

With Olympic gold medals now hanging around their necks, the American ice dancers have nothing like that on their to-do list right now — and they're relishing the feeling.

"We're just in the moment and enjoying that and allowing ourselves to take it all in," Davis said Wednesday. "It's our nature as athletes to set goals for ourselves and set timelines and be regimented. After 17 years together, we're just allowing ourselves this moment to not regiment ourselves and to not move to the next step too quickly."

After they return home to Michigan on Thursday, they'll have to make one decision on their short-term plans: whether to compete at the world championships in Japan, where the short dance starts March 28. They're not sure when they'll decide on their long-term future, but it's nice not to feel the pressure of a deadline on that.

"Even after we won the world championships twice, a lot of times people would ask, 'What do you do now?' We'd say, 'Well, we go back to work. We know we have room to improve, and we have goals we still feel like we need to achieve,'" White said.

On Wednesday, the only goal he had to worry about accomplishing was appearing on "The Colbert Report." That interview was just one stop on a busy day in New York City, the reward of becoming the first Americans to win an Olympic ice dance title. Suddenly, people on the street keep recognizing them. As part of an appearance with sponsor Ralph Lauren, they met the man himself.

White said they hadn't spoken to silver medalists and training partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir about Moir's comments that the Canadians sometimes felt the teams' mutual coach, Marina Zoueva, "wasn't in our corner" in the leadup to the Sochi Games.

"We've been on such a whirlwind really just enjoying what we've accomplished, it really hasn't been on our radar," White said.

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phallus 27th-Feb-2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, I never watched ice dancing before but lol..
sowhat_whocares 27th-Feb-2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
I love all their competition programs *except* the samba they danced in the 2012 Worlds.
ezzykoenig 27th-Feb-2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
dammit i was making the post rn
arnaudian 27th-Feb-2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
lol the colbert interview is so cute, i think charlie's gone delirious from exhaustion or something
raunchyb 27th-Feb-2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Haha, I think so too.
chuk_is_dazzled 27th-Feb-2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
lol ikr
fauxkaren 27th-Feb-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I think it's like 50% that and 50% he was nervous because he seems to be a big fan of Stephen.
sowhat_whocares 27th-Feb-2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
ya he definitely seemed to be like "omg Colbert is making fun of ME. is this happening??!" ergo, exactly how I would be.
bulimia 27th-Feb-2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
mirasango 27th-Feb-2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
omg I know it was so distracting at times.
brandnewinfo 27th-Feb-2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
"Meryl is from a magic planet where Disney princesses come from. And your hair is a magic carpet."

Accurate lol
maclou 27th-Feb-2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
Charlie's laugh is really cute haha
blueboatdreams 27th-Feb-2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
YES! The golden couple~
bloolikejazz 27th-Feb-2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
"olympic champions"
with some help
liliana_ 27th-Feb-2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
lol, okay
eilujspark 27th-Feb-2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
Quit embarrassing yourself.
bloolikejazz 28th-Feb-2014 07:00 am (UTC)
you should do the same by genuinely not talking
wanderlost 27th-Feb-2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
spill dat t, bb! SPILL IT!
elijahxwhore 27th-Feb-2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
madhubala 27th-Feb-2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
You must be from the hat country.
shamanqueenanna 27th-Feb-2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Help from their vast improvements, lack of injuries, and superior choreography yes.
sowhat_whocares 27th-Feb-2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
oh okay. so the 2013 Gold in the World Championships, the 2013 Gold in the Four Continents, the 2013 Gold in the Grand Prix, and 6x consecutive National Champions is all rigged as well.
xcollsangelx 27th-Feb-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Meryl is not cute.

coldharbourlove 28th-Feb-2014 06:11 am (UTC)
Her bitch face, eyes bother me
minks 27th-Feb-2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
I don't like the hole in the middle if medals it's like Putin kept that part to himself on purpose
sowhat_whocares 27th-Feb-2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
I hate the sochi medals. I think they look small too. i heard there was a lot of criticism among the athletes and organizers about it (from a lot of different countries).

Vancouver medal >>>>>>>>>> Sochi medal. Vancouver's were my fav.
maishi_obuki 27th-Feb-2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
those metals were huge!

I they are the 2nd biggest ever.
it's 10cm wide
the only one bigger is 10.7cm
la_guillotine 27th-Feb-2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
evett 27th-Feb-2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
Torino had worse medals

liliana_ 27th-Feb-2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
And they met Martha!

goldengal1193 27th-Feb-2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
omg <3
goldengal1193 27th-Feb-2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
heyxxdani 27th-Feb-2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
half of the colbert interview was charlie's laugh, he just finds everything funny
yurasama_love 27th-Feb-2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
Bless their hearts.
chuk_is_dazzled 27th-Feb-2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
they were so cute on colbert and lmao charlies laughing
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