all aboutCharlie White
Charlie Growing Up
Growing up in Metro Detroit, surrounded by some of the best hockey and figure skating in the world, it should come as no surprise that Charlie took to the ice at the age of 3. Excelling at freestyle, ice dancing, and hockey, Charlie also grew up playing the violin and performing at local events.
These pursuits made for a busy schedule, but Charlie maintained total focus on his academics and was a full-time student and longtime member of his Student Government, graduating from The Roeper School in 2005. Charlie maintains a love of education and is enrolled at the University of Michigan where he is pursuing a degree in Political Science.
Charlie teamed up with longtime partner Meryl Davis at the age of 8, and together they began their career at the historic Detroit Skating Club. Dedicating themselves to, and falling in love with the sport of ice dancing, Meryl and Charlie had success in competitions both nationally and internationally, quickly moving up through the ranks.
Their success continued through their senior level career, highlighted by winning a record six U.S. national championships, becoming the first American team to win not one, but two world titles, and the full complement of a bronze, silver, and gold at the Olympic Games.
Their gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games made history as it was the first ever win by an American team in the discipline of ice dancing. Charlie also enjoyed the distinction of being nominated Team Captain by his peers on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team.
“Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn’t one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love and joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman – you’re perfect….”
~Friday Night Lights (the movie)
After the 2014 Olympics
Following the 2014 Olympic Games, Charlie competed in ABC’s hit television show Dancing with Stars while continuing to perform with skating tours both domestically and abroad. In acknowledgment of their ground-breaking success on the ice, and the values they represent off the ice, Charlie and Meryl were named the 2014 U.S. Olympic Committee’s “Team of the Games”, were nominated for the 85th AAU Sullivan award, and were 2015 honorees at the 35th annual Thurman Munson Awards.
Along with professional success, Charlie has enjoyed a full personal life, marrying Tanith Belbin White in April 2015. Together they live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with their two dogs who have also enjoyed a measure of success, having starred in several print and TV advertisements for PetSmart, and NULO dog food.
The privilege of becoming Olympic champion has also afforded Charlie the ability to make his mark on several philanthropic organizations including The Ronald McDonald House, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, the Always Dream Foundation, Figure Skating in Harlem, Figure Skating in Detroit, and the Special Olympics. Charlie also has an ongoing and active role in the Classroom Champions program, which connects students in high-need schools with top performing athletes to help them recognize their potential, set goals and dream big.
Recently, Charlie has been adding even more variety to his professional life by taking on the role of analyst and reporter for multiple figure skating broadcasts. He has also been able to lend his expertise as a choreographer for some of the best figure skaters in the world. In the future, Charlie hopes to continue broadening the scope of his positive impact on the world, recognizing the necessity for spreading the ideals and philosophies of Olympism.