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    Meryl & Charlie should be off to NHK soon. I'm looking forward to seeing any changes they have made in their programs!

    I've been checking back to see whether GS every did interviews with skaters who are the subject of our Fan Fest threads, and we did an interview with Meryl & Charlie in 2004:

    http://www.goldenskate.com/2004/07/d...m-partnership/
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    Star of TV, Broadway schools Davis, White in ballet
    Four-time U.S. champions employ Alex Wong to assist with Giselle short dance

    By Sarah S. Brannen and Drew Meekins, special to icenetwork.com
    (11/19/2012)
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    ETA:
    After the earlier tweets about Wong's work with Davis/White, this article describes at length their three days together. Lots of quotes from all three parties.
    Wong helped D/W with both their short and free dances.

    ETA:
    One more detail: D/W's agent is the one who suggested that they bring in Wong. (The article makes no mention of Zoueva whatsoever.)

    ETA:
    Oops, Alex Wong ‏@AlexdWong got a little carried away with D/W's resume, LOL:
    Check out this interview w/ me & 4 time world champion ice dancers @Meryl_Davis @CharlieaWhite about working together! http://j.mp/TcGsFB
    4:56 PM - 19 Nov 12
    Last edited by golden411; 11-20-2012 at 01:37 AM.

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    That would be 4 time US champion, I think.

    NBC did show the whole of Meryl & Charlie's FD today, including the KnC & scores. They also showed some little bits of the SD to other music than Giselle.

    Congratulations to Meryl & Charlie for super improvement since SkAm and a great win overall at NHK (and of course, qualifying for the GPF)...which NBC says it will cover, but I won't hold my breath waiting for decent ice dance coverage from them....

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    I was so grateful they showed D/W's free dance on NBC this Sunday. I was so enchanted by their skate. Can't wait to see them at the finals.

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    Charlie updated their Olympic blog here:

    http://www.teamusa.org/Team-USA-Wint...For-Japan.aspx

    It discusses NHK and their feelings about skating in Japan. (all very positive)

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    Alex Rus reported in this thread in the edge that 2012 Russian FSO Awards (one of a kind teddy bears, dressed as the skaters who won the awards) were announced for the 2011-2012 season. The awards are made by Russian fans:

    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...l=1#post684159

    Best Dance Program was awarded to Meryl DAVIS / Charlie WHITE for Die Fledermaus. Here is a picture of their bears, dressed as Meryl & Charlie.
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6519/...9d601c5_XL.jpg

    Russian fans voted for best Foreign dancers, Tessa & Scott. It looks like they got their bears at CoR from this picture. No award was made for best Russian dancers, so I believe they were voted best dancers of the year overall.
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6615/...1a98d776_L.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    No award was made for best Russian dancers
    That is not true. Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov were selected as the best russian dance team in fso awards.

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    Thank you. They are now recognized as such on The Edge thread.

    Here's a good version of Meryl & Charlie's gala performance & encore at NHK. Best sure to watch full screen!:

    Meryl Davis & Charlie White
    Someone Like You by Adele
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxfCQ...ilpage#t=6790s
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    Just got off teleconference with Meryl & Charlie. They said the would be leaving for Sochi in a couple of days and are looking forward to a great competition in the Final and said that even though the bar is raised (competitively) in Sochi, they are obviously looking for a win. They were pleased with the changes they made in their FD from SA in NHK Trophy. Addition of the bells in the middle of the FD was a collaborative effort while they were looking at pulling the music together. Charlie cuts the music initially as he likes to adjust the music on the fly. He sends the music it to a professional to finish it off. They hope to improve their levels in both the Polka and their step sequences to receive all level 4s in Sochi.

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    Forgot to add that Meryl was full of praise for Alex Wong and their work with him and said they hope to work with him again this season.

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    Thank you KKonas!

    I was wondering who thought of the bells. It transformed that program!

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    Copied from The Edge:

    Meryl and Charlie featured in Fitness Magazine blog.

    Fun Q&A: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/blogs...-the-olympics/

    My favorite part:
    MD: We skate five days a week so we get the weekends off, which is nice, but typically we start on the ice around 7 or 8 a.m. Usually we’ll have an hour break somewhere in there, whether it’s an hour straight or two half-hour breaks, but we go for about five hours, sometimes six. When we’re done on the ice, we have a gym upstairs in the same facility where we workout and do some kind of cardio—3 days a week—weight training, agility, things like that. We throw some ballet in there sometimes, too. We avoid it at all costs.
    CW: Yeah, [ballet] is a necessary evil for us. It’s never something we’ve embraced but it really helps with the skating, the posture, stuff like that.
    MD: Our program this year is actually one of the most classical ballets, Giselle, so when we officially decided on doing that music this year, we unfortunately realized we weren’t going to avoid ballet this season.
    CW: I do a lot of lifts with Meryl so it’s important that I have good shoulder stability so we’ll lay down a ladder, for instance, and do sort of agility. I’ll hold a kettlebell while I do it to sort of make sure I can transfer onto the ice that same sort of just balance and yet the strength with my shoulder…the most important thing is for skaters, especially, is just the core and making sure we’re strong through the core.
    LOL about the ballet.....it is funny they are doing Giselle since they hate ballet so much!

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    I will not let anyone tell me they are not good actors now...because they certainly didn't seem to be hating their Giselle program at SkAm

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    Meryl Davis, Charlie White sharpening for Grand Prix Final
    By Gregg Krupa
    The Detroit News
    November 30, 2012 at 1:40 am
    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...TS07/211300357

    This excerpt caught my eye:
    White said they are drawing on lessons from the recent Skate America competition.
    "Most of the feedback we got for Skate America was technical because it's so important and makes such a difference," he said.
    After reviewing their performance with coach Marina Zoueva, a decision was made to perfect their developing program as the season went on.
    "We all decided that the program was just in its infancy and there was a lot of room to grow," said White, who is from Bloomfield Hills and attends Michigan.
    "You can't keep changing things all the time, otherwise you won't be prepared to compete."
    Not clear whether White is referring to their SD or FD -- in any case, is it me or is he not implying that the possibility of starting over with a new program after Skate America at least was considered (and then rejected)??

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    I took it that if you had to change a lot of stuff, it was better not to do it all at once.

    But you could be right.

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