It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Meryl Davis and Charlie White were winning the United States’ first Olympic ice dance gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, but a little over five years on and they have cemented their legendary status with induction into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Davis and White were announced Monday as two members in the class of 2020, joining 2006 Olympian Kimmie Meissner and former Olympic coach Kathy Casey. The class will formally be inducted in a ceremony on Jan. 25 in Greensboro, North Carolina, alongside the 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Davis and White competed together from 1997 to 2014, becoming the longest-tenured ice dancing team in U.S. Figure Skating history. They won two world championships, three Olympic medals, five Grand Prix Final medals in a row from 2009 to 2013, and six consecutive U.S. titles from 2009 to 2014. The duo went out on top, winning their Olympic gold medal as well as a bronze medal in the team event in 2014, in addition to going undefeated in their final two seasons. Davis also won the 18th season of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014; White also competed on that season, finishing in the semifinals.
Meissner was the youngest member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team at 16. She finished a respectable sixth in the same year in which she became world champion. She went on to win the Four Continents and national championship in 2007, the first woman to simultaneously hold those three titles.
Casey, who will be inducted posthumously, had a five-decade career in coaching that included three stints as U.S. coach at the Winter Games. As a coach, she was influential in improving skaters’ technical work through biomechanical studies of how jumps are made. She died on Sept. 16 of this year at age 79.