They reached the pinnacle yesterday: Michigan's Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal in ice dancing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
They became the first Americans to do so, and they did it even with all the pressure of being the favorites to win the competition.
The two came to our studios last year right before their gold medal performance in the World Championships.
Their conversation with Cynthia Canty gives good insight into their solid and steady nature, and how they managed to live up to, and even exceed, the expectations at the Olympics.
Some of the things they credited to their success:
- A hard-work ethic, even as kids (they're on the ice five hours a day, five days a week)
- Parents who encouraged them, but were not too pushy
- An incredible coach, Marina Zoueva of Russia
- And White doesn't call it "swagger," he just calls it "a lot of confidence."
Take a listen below: