Meryl Davis: Finding New Purpose After Life as an Olympian

“O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,” I mouth the words, watching the American flag being raised over the Olympic Park. It’s February in southern Russia but the evening’s cool rain feels unexpectedly welcome. It’s enchanting. What’s more, it is grounding me in the moment. I close my eyes. Remember. The small drops of water give tangibility to the night. Something I can touch. Something to distinguish this night from all other nights. To distinguish it from a dream. “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

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Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis on Life After Competition

Meryl Davis

When Meryl Davis and partner Charlie White retired from competition after scoring the U.S. its first ice dancing gold medal in 2014, she thought her life would slow down.

“To be honest, I think the opposite might be true,” Davis says.

While she does allow herself the luxury of a lazy morning, Davis and White continue to travel around the country to perform their routines for awestruck audiences. Parade recently chatted with Davis about what she thought of the 2018 Winter Games, how her life has changed since retiring and what she’s setting her sights on next.

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An Olympic Ice Dance Champion Herself, Meryl Davis Applauds The PyeongChang Dance Performances

Maia Shibutani, Meryl Davis and Madison Chock

The battle for Olympic bronze in the ice dance event ended in PyeongChang Tuesday with the brother-sister duo of Maia and Alex Shibutani standing proudly on the Olympic podium. After gracing the world podium for the first time in 2011, the team of siblings faced numerous challenges and setbacks before finding their way into medal contention in lead-up to PyeongChang.

From finding a style on the ice that worked for their unique, brother-sister dynamic to facing formidable foes within the world of American ice dance, Maia and Alex’s road to Olympic bronze wasn’t an easy one.

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Meryl Davis Explains Figure Skating’s Team Event And What Went Down At The PyeongChang Olympics

In its second appearance at the Games, many of the details of the figure skating team event remain a bit of a mystery to the casual fan. Simply, the “team event” is distinguished from the “individual” figure skating events in that final result and podium placements are based on the collective point totals earned by each nation’s representative in their respective events. Thus, it is entire teams standing on the podium and winning medals rather than individuals or couples. With 10 countries to start, each nation selects a representative or representatives for each discipline’s short program. Countries may earn 1-10 points per discipline based on results. For example, 10 points for first, nine for second and so on. Only the five countries with the most points after all four short program segments may advance to the free program. Once the free programs for each discipline are complete, points are tallied for each of the five remaining countries and determine the overall result. Simple, right? Sort of…..

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Gold medalist Meryl Davis talks about life after Olympic figure skating

The excitement is building as Olympic competition begins in just two days with the figure skating team event.

Four years ago, Metro Detroit’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated into history as the first American ice dancers to win Olympic gold. Life hasn’t stopped for Davis since the Olympics, and she will be taking on a new role during this year’s events.

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