Shortly after winning the Olympic gold medal for ice dancing – a first for an American team – figure skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White were announced as rival competitors for season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Should we already consider them the frontrunners, especially given that “DWTS” star Derek Hough choreographer their short program for the Olympics?
Davis and White have obvious advantages. As figure skaters, they’re already accustomed to choreography and performing to music. What’s more, ice dancing, unlike other figure skating disciplines, is already based in large part on ballroom dancing, so if you can do it on a four millimeter blade, surely you can master it on your own two feet on solid ground, right?
Figure skaters have done well in the past on “DWTS.” Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist in the ladies’ singles event, won the sixth season of the ABC reality series in 2008. Two years later, Evan Lysacek, a men’s singles skater, made it to the season 10 finals, but lost to Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. Like Davis and White, Lysacek also competed on “Dancing” a month after winning Olympic gold.
With both Davis and White in the competition this year, and competing as rivals instead of partners, the question might be, which one of them will come out on top if it becomes a head-to-head match-up? Will they be as compatible with their respective dance partners, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Sharna Burgess, as they are with each other?
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