Charlie White, 26, one half of an Olympic ice dancing duo will perform next month in the Sochi Olympics.
Although White has been skating practically his entire life, he remains humble and expresses that he just wants to “enjoy the moment.” White was remarkably calm in his demeanor as he answered questions in an interview about working with Meryl Davis and plans for winning gold in the Russia Olympics.
How long have you been ice skating for?
CW – Individually [Meryl and I] started when we were 5, so about 21 years, but we’ve been skiing together for about 16 years now. We started when we were just little kids and we’ve certainly come a long way. It’s rare to have partnerships that last for so long in the skating world, but when they do, it really brings out the best.
Did you ever receive any backlash for wanting to be a figure skater?
CW – I was really fortunate to never have to deal with any of that. I played hockey growing up while I was a figure skater, and all my teammates were very understandable of my dedication. Obviously my skiing skills were improved because I was on the ice all of the time. I hope that’s the case for kids who are following their dreams. You certainly deserve the respect of your peers.
What advice would you give to young people who want to be a figure skater or dancer on ice?
CW – We have always had the blessing of our families to really chase after our dreams and specifically our moms have always been there for us, and I mean that quite literally. They’ve attended every single competition that we’ve ever been to, and we’ve been to a lot of competitions all over the world. Having our moms there was always a great thing because it gave us a little extra security and a little piece of home that we could take with us.
Since you work so closely with Meryl, what is something interesting that you’ve learned?
CW – Meryl has an amazing talent for language and she speaks Italian quite fluently.
Since there has never been an Olympic gold win by the U.S. in ice skating / dance do you feel pressure, and how are you preparing?
CW – One of the things that makes us so fortunate is to work with P&G and be a part of that family. Their support for Olympians is really unparalleled. It’s something that we really cherish, and we feel like we’re one big family. Going into the Olympics, that’s another level of comfort that is going to help us deal with all that pressure and stress that we’re putting on ourselves.
Charlie is working with the P&G ‘Thank you, Mom’ campaign, partnering with Puffs. You can learn more about Charlie by visiting the Youtube page and viewing the Raising An Olympian film.