Olympics: Greatness & Humility Times Two.

February 7, 2014 | Comments (0) | | Category: Internet Video and Webisodic Series Media, News & Press

Olympics: Greatness & Humility Times Two.

Olympics: Greatness & Humility Times Two.

Our video production team is lucky to have followed Olympic Ice Dance Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White on their journey to the Sochi Olympics.  Not because they are favored to win GOLD medals (which they are!) but because they are two of the nicest and most humble “celebrities” we’ve had the joy of working with.  They aren’t just stars on the world stage, they are stars as human beings.

 

 

Video Episode One: Qualified | Meryl Davis and Charlie White 16 Years In The Making  

Video Episode Two: Qualified | Meryl Davis and Charlie White Road to Sochi  

Maybe it’s their mid-west values:  both were born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  Recently we filmed them at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit (both are car buffs) and some fans – a mom and her two daughters who had come to Detroit to see “Skate America” – stopped dead in their tracks when they saw the ice dance pair in the museum.  (Meryl and Charlie really are a visually stunning pair when you see them in person.)  Just a day prior, Michelle, the Colorado mom/ice skating coach and her two daughters had stood in line as the Skate America competition ended to get Meryl and Charlie’s autographs.  Unfortunately they were turned away before they got to actually meet them.

Video Episode Three: Qualified | Meryl Davis and Charlie White Explain Ice Dancing  

Video Episode Four: Qualified | Meryl Davis and Charlie White: Michigan Natives  

When Meryl and Charlie heard this, they were not only apologetic; they stayed and talked with Michelle and her two daughters for another 20 minutes, then followed up with personalized signed photos which they mailed soon after.  Later, I contacted Michelle to let her know we’d like to include her and her family in a Meryl and Charlie video episode on the Team USA YouTube Channel.

All things considered, Michelle was compelled to send us this note:

As a family, we have had an extremely hard couple of years, and this trip to Skate America was for many more reasons than just to watch great skating.  My girls just love getting out on the ice, and before Casey competes I tell her to “just skate like Meryl”, and she does!  The joy that I receive, watching my girls skating and having such a wonderful community of exemplary role models in our club, surpasses any of my own accomplishments as a skater.  When Meryl and Charlie’s names were announced, I didn’t know who to watch more – the skaters or Casey’s priceless reaction.

… We are so very fortunate to have athletes in our sport, like Meryl and Charlie, who display excellence not only on the ice, time and time again, but even more importantly off the ice. Please feel free to use any photos of the girls, in any way to help promote ice dancing and the Olympics, it would be an honor.  Meryl and Charlie deserve all of the recognition and support possible from our country.  When I think back to the days where a US Ice Dancing competitor couldn’t even crack the russian empire – and now, a potential Gold medal at the Olympics, it is just fantastic.” 

– Michelle

Olympics: Meryl Davis & Charlie White spending some time with Michelle and her two Daughters

Meryl Davis & Charlie White spending some time with Michelle and her two Daughters

 

Help us cheer on Meryl and Charlie – not just superstar athletes helping to make history for the U.S. figure skating team in Sochi.  But because they are fantastic human beings.  Go Team USA!!

See Video of Meryl Davis & Charlie as we follow them to Sochi.

After winning the silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, ice dancers Charlie and Meryl have gone into each World Championship with the next Olympics on their mind.

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