Not only is 2014 Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Charlie White not dating his skating partner of 17 years, Meryl Davis, he’s also not dispensing romantic advice to her.
The gold medalists, who are currently among the leaders on Season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” will doff their dancing shoes and lace up when they are at St. Paul’s X on Sunday for “Stars on Ice.”
In addition to White and Davis, other performers will include Gracie Gold, 2014 U.S. Champion and Team Olympic bronze medalist; Ashley Wagner, two-time U.S. Champion and Team Olympic bronze medalist; Mirai Nagasu, 2008 U.S. Champion (who won her championship in St. Paul) and 2010 Olympic Team Member. Oh, and so will Jason Brown, 2014 US silver medalist and Team Olympic bronze medalist, and his ponytail.
It’s so much fun to have a chat about hair that has nothing to do with a woman.
I talked hair products with White in this Q&A. But I didn’t ask him a single question about his girlfriend, 2006 Olympic silver medalist figure skater Tanith Belbin because he’s got to get tired of those inquiries. I did ask White about advising Davis about her “Dancing With The Stars” partner, and his answer to that question was intriguing.
Q: Was Sochi your last Olympics?
A: We haven’t decided. Meryl and I want to take some time after this craziness of “Stars on Ice” and “Dancing with the Stars” to vacation, unwind and just come terms with the fact that we are Olympic champions. We haven’t had a minute to think about it [and want to] before we decide what to do next. Four years is such a commitment and we certainly understand having gone through two Olympics already. But it is exciting. It’s an exciting life and we do love to train.
Q: Now that you can cross “Dancing With The Stars” off your to-do list, on what TV show would you next like to make a guest shot or have a regular gig?
A: Oooh. That’s a good one. That is a question that no one has asked me. I think now that we’ve heard [Stephen] Colbert is leaving, I’d like to take his spot on “The Colbert Report.” [Laughing]
Q: Do more people recognize you from “Dancing With The Stars” than the Olympics?
A: Honestly, it seems most people recognize us from the Olympics but are also fans of “Dancing With The Stars” and then comment on both.
Q: What are you and Meryl studying at the University of Michigan?
A: We had to take the year off since there was no time, but we are slowly making progress on our undergraduate degrees. I’m studying political science; [Meryl] anthropology.