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U.S. Ice Dancers Davis and White Earn Historic Olympic Gold

February 18, 2014 By:
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Charlie White and Meryl Davis’ free dance on Feb. 17 won the United States its first-ever ice dancing gold medal. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images Sport via JTA.

The team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first Olympics ice dancing gold medal ever for the United States.

Davis and White, who is Jewish, finished Monday with a score of 195.52 in Sochi, Russia, to edge the 2010 gold medalists, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. The Americans took the silver at the Vancouver Games behind their training partners and longtime rivals.

On Monday, Davis and White scored a world record 116.63 in the free program, which they danced to music from Scheherazade, following up their world mark of 78.89 a day earlier in the short dance.

Davis, 27, and White, 26, both from Royal Oak, Mich., have been paired together since they were about 10 years old.

Recently, White's 'Jewishness' has become a topic of uncertainty. Reports vary, but it is believed that his mother is Jewish. It is also believed that he considers himself to be secular.

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