Meryl Davis & Charlie White

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U.S. gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White discuss their lifelong dedication to ice dancing, their rare chemistry on the ice and the power of Charlie's hair. (5:58)

>> Stephen: MY GUESTS TONIGHTJUST WON A GOLD MEDAL IN ICE

DANCING.

I WONDER HOW THEY GET THEICE OUT OF THE BALLROOM.

PLEASE WELCOME MERYL DAVISAND CHARLIE WHITE!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THANK YOU SO MUCH MERYL,

CHARLIE, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

OH MY GOODNESS,!

WHAT A THRILL WHAT A THRILLTO YOU HAVE GUYS HERE.

HARDLY NEED ANY INTRODUCTIONAT ALL BUT I WILL GIVE THE

PEOPLE A LITTLE BIT OF YOURCV.

NOT ONLY DID YOU JUST WIN,BUT YOU SKATED TOGETHER

SINCE 1997.

YOU WON FOUR GRAND PRIXFINAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, FIVE

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NOW AGOLD MEDAL AT THE OLYMPICS

WITH A WORLD RECORD 195.92POINTS, THE FIRST EVER GOLD

FOR THE U.S.

IN YOUR EVENT.

CONGRATULATIONS.

AND THANK YOU.

THAT IS LOVELY.

THAT IS BEAUTIFUL.

THAT IS FANTASTIC.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: NOW DO YOU NEEDCHAIRS RIGHT NOW OR CHARLIE

COULD YOU JUST HOLD MERYLOVER YOUR HEAD FOR THE

ENTIRE INTERVIEW, AND JUST -->> YOU KNOW, I WOULD LOVE TO

DO IT WITH A SMILE ON MYFACE.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU GETSTARTED SKATING AT 8 AND 9

AND THEN STAYING TO FOR 17YEARS?

>> I MEAN WE GIVE A LOT OFCREDIT TO OUR PARENTS FOR

THAT.

OUR PARENTS HAD KIND OFSIMILAR OUTLOOKS ON RAISING

CHILDREN AND WE GOT VERYFORTUNATE IN THAT RESPECT.

>> WE HAVE A LITTLE FOOTAGEOF YOU GUYS, I'M NOT SURE

HOW OLD YOU GUYS ARE HERE, BUTYOU CAN ROLL THAT.

>> YEAH IT WAS PROBABLY, IMEAN I WAS PROBABLY 9,

CHARLIE IS PROBABLY 8 THERE.

>> Stephen: NOW AS TEENAGERS,YOU ARE 8 AND 9 BUT AS

TEENAGERS AT ANY POINT DOYOU THROW UP YOUR HANDS AND

GO "THIS IS STUPID, I'M NOT GOING TO DO THIS ANY

MORE."

OR DOES THE DEDICATION STAYALL THE WAY THROUGH.

>> I THINK IT GREW.

YOU KNOW, WE REALLY HAD NOIDEA WHAT WE WERE GETTING

INTO.

BUT WE LOVED THE SPORT.

YOU KNOW, RIGHT OFF THE BATWE LOVED DOING WELL.

>> Stephen: FEW PEOPLEENJOY SUCKING, CHARLIE.

WOW, WE REALLY SUCKED OUTTHERE!

THAT WAS FANTASTIC.

SO AT ANY POINT WHEN YOUDIDN'T DO IT, DID YOU

EVER-- DID YOU CONSTANTLYALL 17 YEARS.

>> THERE WAS A POINT WHERE IBROKE MY ANKLE AND WE HAD TO

MISS AN IMPORTANT SEASON ATTHE LEVEL BELOW WHERE WE ARE

AT NOW.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOUBREAK IT.

>> I WAS PLAYING HOCKEY.

>> Stephen: OH, OKAY SO, YOU ARE A HOCKEY PLAYER AS WELL.

>> YEAH SO, I ALSO GREW UPPLAYING HOCKEY.

>> Stephen: DOES ANY OF THEHOCKEY EVER COME OUT ON THE

ICE DANCING RINK?

LIKE IF YOU GET A LOW SCOREDO YOU EVER WANT TO PULL ONE

OF THE JUDGE'S T-SHIRTS OVERTHEIR HEAD AND JUST WHACK.

>> NO I MEAN CHARLIE HAS AREALLY ATHLETIC SKATING

STYLE WHICH HAS REALLY SERVEDUS INCREDIBLY WELL.

IT TOOK AWHILE TO CORRECTHIS LITTLE HOCKEY PLAYER

POSTURE BUT-- .

>> Stephen: HE WOULD COME UPTO YOU LIKE THIS?

COME ON.

>> DID HE EVER CHECK YOUINTO THE BOARDS.

>> I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO TALKABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: YOU GUYS HAVETHE MOST AMAZING CHEMISTRY

ON THE ICE.

THE EXPRESSIVENESS, THEEMOTION IS SO INCREDIBLE.

AMERICA WANTS TO KNOW, DOYOU GUYS HAVE A RELATIONSHIP

OFF THE ICE.

ARE YOU-- A COUPLE.

>> ARE YOU GUYS A COUPLE.

>> NO, WE'RE NOT.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT.

>> WE'RE NOT.

>> Stephen: WELL, I-- REFUSETO BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE IF

THIS IS A LIE THEN ALL LOVEIS A LIE.

YOU KNOW, GROWN MEN IN TEARSAT YOUR FINAL PERFORMANCE.

OKAY, I NEED TO MOVE ON.

WHAT SHOULD I BE LOOKING ATWHEN I LOOK AT ICE DANCING

AS OPPOSED TO LOOK AT FIGURESKATING.

>> SO ICE DANCING IS A PARTOF FIGURE SKATING.

THERE'S MEN'S SINGLE, LADIESSINGLES, PAIR SKATING AND

ICE DANCING.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WILLOFTENTIMES ASK US WHAT IS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAIRSKATING AND ICE DANCING.

>> Stephen: I THINK I JUSTDID.

>> SO IN PAIRS SKATING, YOUFEEL A LOT MORE OVERHEAD

LIFTS, YOU SEE THROWS ANDSIDE-BY-SIDE JUMPS.

IN ICE DANCE, YOU KNOW, THECHOREOGRAPHY IS MUCH CLOSER

TOGETHER, THE FOOTWORK ISMORE INTRICATE, OUR LIFTS

ARE A BIT MORE ACROBATIC.

YOU REALLY SEE THAT WE'RETRYING TO TELL A STORY OUT

THERE ON THE ICE.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS A TWIZZLEBECAUSE I'VE BEEN

THROWING THAT WORD AROUNDPRETTY CARELESSLY.

>> AM I TWIZZLING?

>> YOU'VE GOT IT.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, THANKYOU.

IS THERE TRASH TALK INOLYMPIC ICE DANCING LIKE

BACKSTAGE ARE PEOPLE GOING,YOU LOOK A LITTLE CHUNKY?

OR-- IS THEREANY-- IS IT A PSYCHOLOGICAL

GAME AT ALL.

>> I THINK SOMETIMES YOUTHINK THAT REALLY HARD AT

OTHER PEOPLE.

BUT -->> THAT'S ALL YOU.

>> Stephen: NOW LET'S TALKABOUT THE ELEPHANT IN THE

ROOM, CHARLIE.

YOUR HAIR.

I'M NOT SUGGESTING THATEITHER OF YOU IS ON

PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS.

BUT YOUR HAIR MUST BE DOPING,RIGHT?

>> I'M NOT AT LIBERTY-- .

>> Stephen: OKAY, DONE,EXTENSIONS OR ANYTHING LIKE

THAT?

>> YOU KNOW, IT'S DEFINITELYA PART OF OUR PERSONA ON THE

ICE.

I CAN SAY THAT.

I THINK IT'S SET US APART.

I MEAN IT WORKS-- .

>> Stephen: MERYL IS FROM AMAGIC PLANET WHERE BUSY

PRINCESSES COME FROM.

AND YOUR HAIR IS A MAGICCARPET.

WELL, MERYL.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SOMUCH.

CHARLIE, THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR COMING.

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST MERYLDAVIS AND CHARLIE WHITE,

WORLD CHAMPIONS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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