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Meryl Davis Growing Up

Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Meryl began skating on a small, local lake with neighbors, friends and family. Even just after starting lessons at the nearby Detroit Skating Club at the age of five, it became clear that Meryl had fallen in love with the ice. As an energetic, adventurous and athletic child, Meryl’s love for the sport only grew as she did. Teaming up with Charlie just four years later, knowing little about ice-dance, their journey together commenced.

Off the ice Meryl attended full-time public school where, despite being challenged with a learning disability, she excelled and graduated with honors. In particular, Meryl developed a fascination with science, literature and foreign language. These interests, coupled with Meryl and Charlie’s years of international travel for skating, inspired Meryl to pursue her degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan where she now attends.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you’ve imagined.”

~Thoreau

Meryl Today

Having just bought a home in Birmingham, Michigan Meryl enjoys traveling the world with Charlie for figure skating tours, speaking engagements, and philanthropic work.

In addition to staying active outdoors, performing around the world and pursuing her education, one of Meryl’s goals is to use her experiences on her journey to becoming an Olympic Champion as a way to inspire and empower young women to believe in their own possibilities.

Meryl working out

The two sides of gold. TEDxNaperville

At a young age I was diagnosed with dyslexia. With a lot of support, I’ve been able to excel in the classroom and use my challenge as a source of strength. Still, I remember, particularly as a child, feeling very isolated in what was certainly a struggle. It’s important for me to share my story in hopes that it might inspire someone to see past his/her own challenges and encourage self-belief.

Other Accolades

A Kid Power Champion for UNICEF

Classroom Champions Athlete

Thurman Munson Award recipient

2015

Team USA “Team of the Games”

2014

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On The Women's Sports Foundation Advisory Panel

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Figure Skating in Detroit Founding Co-Chair