Interview: Meryl Davis Talks US Figure Skating Championships

Interview: Meryl Davis Talks US Figure Skating Championships


THE BEST SKATERS IN THE COUNTRY ARE GOING FOR GOLD IN ST. PAUL AT THE PRUDENTIAL U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS. ONE SKATERS IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PRESSURE, EXCITEMENT AND THRILL OF STANDING ON TOP OF THE PODIUM IS MERYL DAVIS. SHE AND HER PARTNER, CHARLIE WHITE, ARE THE REIGNING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IN ICE DANCING. THEY ALSO WON A VERY IMPRESSIVE SIX U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS. THAT IS THE MOMENT WHERE YOU SEE THAT PICTURE, IT JUST HAS TO TAKE YOU BACK TO THAT, MERYL. IT CAPTURES THE FEELING OF THAT MOMENT, FOR SURE. JUST SHOCKED, NOT REALLY KNOWING WHAT TO THINK. 18 YEARS IN THE MAKING, AND WHEN IT HAPPENS, IT’S HARD TO REALLY KNOW HOW TO MOVE FORWARD FROM THERE. YEAH. AMAZING, AMAZING MOMENT. WE ALL LOVED WATCHING YOU AT THE OLYMPICS AND IT IS FUN HAVING YOU HERE IN TOWN FOR THIS. YOU GUYS WERE SKATING IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT XCEL IN 2008, RIGHT? YEAH. I REALIZED HOW FAR ALONG MY AGE IS PROGRESSING WHEN I THOUGHT ABOUT THE FACT THAT I DID THIS EIGHT YEARS AGO. IT DOES NOT SEEM THAT LONG AGO. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL VENUE, THAT’S WHY WE ARE BACK. THE ENERGY OF THE VENUE IS PERFECT FOR THIS KIND OF EVENT. I KNOW ALL OF THE SKATERS ARE GLAD TO BE BACK. YOU ARE HERE BUT ARE NOT SKATING THIS TIME. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE WHEN YOU’RE COMING BACK? I THINK LIKE CHARLIE AND I SAID TO YOUNGER SKATERS YESTERDAY WHEN WE GAVE A SPEECH, WE HAVE JUST SUCH A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE IN OUR ICE SKATING CAREERS. WHETHER IT’S COMPETITIONS, SHOWS, PRACTICE, DAY IN, DAY OUT. AT HOME IN DETROIT, WE WANT TO IMPART SOME OF THE THINGS WE FEEL LIKE WE DID WELL, SOME OF THE THINGS WE WISH WE HAD LEARNED SOONER, ON THE KIDS, SO THEY CAN HAVE AS BEAUTIFUL OF EXPERIENCES AS WE HAD. THE LADIES COMPETITION GOT UNDERWAY LAST NIGHT. I KNOW YOU WERE THERE WATCHING SOME OF THE ACTION. PAULINA EDMONDS HAD A PERFORMANCE LAST NIGHT. YES, PAULINA DEFINITELY HAD THE PERFORMANCE OF THE EVENING. STANDING OVATION. I WAS STANDING, MOST OF THE ARENA WAS STANDING. SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BEAUTIFUL SKATER BUT IT WAS A VERY MATURE SKATE FOR HER. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED. SHE IS THE KID. VERY MUCH AN ELEMENT.ELEGANT, YOUNG WOMAN LAST NIGHT. SO, MADISON AND EVAN HAVE BEEN THE TOP TEAMS INTO AND CHARLIE WON THE GOLD, WHERE DO YOU SEE AMERICAN ICE DANCING GOING? AMERICAN ICE DANCE IS AN INCREDIBLY DEEP FIELD WHICH IS EXCITING FOR US TO WATCH. YES, MADDY AND EVAN HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLE FOR MANY YEARS, BUT, WE ALSO HAVE –, MADISON HUBBELL AND MATTHEW DONAHUE, WE HAVE A PLETHORA OF AMAZING TALENT. THAT WILL LEAD US NOT ONLY IN THIS COMING OLYMPICS BUT MANY OLYMPICS TO COME. I HOPE THAT AMERICAN ICE DAMS IS RIGHT ON TOP. OKAY, YOU CAN DANCE ON THE ICE AND YOU CAN DANCE OFF THE ICE. YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! NOT TOO LONG AGO, YOU JUST WENT ON “DANCING WITH THE STARS.” IS MUCH EASIER WHEN YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED DANCER WITH YOU. SHIRTLESS. A SHORTLIST ANSWER. THAT MAKES IT EASIER. WAS A DIFFICULT MAKING THAT TRANSITION? OF A LOT OF PEOPLE I’M SURE WERE LIKE, YOU ICE DAMS, THIS SHOULD BE EASY. IT WAS DEFTLY HARDER THAN I EXPECTED. THE MOVING OF SKATERS REALLY COMES FROM THE TORSO OR NEED DOWN, WE USE OUR ANKLES, BUT IN THE FLOOR, THERE’S A LOT OF THAT HIP ACTION THAT YOU SEE AT MY BODY JUST DOES NOT DO THAT. IT WAS CHALLENGING BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I’M USED TO TRAINING. SO THAT WAS EASY. WELL, I’M NOT SURE IF YOU’RE USED TO THE KIND OF EATING WE DID LAST NIGHT. YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED. [ LAUGHTER ] SHE TRAINS ALL DAY LONG. THAT’S RIGHT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE PICTURES FROM LAST NIGHT. ST. PAUL TOURISM GROUP HAD THIS TASTE OF CHAMPIONS. THERE WE ARE. I WOULD LIKE TO DO IT EVERY NIGHT. IT WAS FUN. BRIAN BOITANO, KRISTI YAMAGUCHI. THAT’S RIGHT. BRIAN KNOWS WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT. HE HAS HAD HIS OWN FOOD SHOW, COOKING SHOW. I’M HAPPY TO TASTE THE FOOD. IF ANYONE NEEDS MY OPINION, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO TASTE. YOUR OPINION ON RED WINE WAS ALSO SPOT ON. I AM A CABERNET FAN. EXCELLENT. JASON, YOU DID THIS. THAT WAS GREAT. HE FIT IN VERY NICELY. YOU WILL BE BACK IN ST. PAUL IN MAY. WHAT’S HAPPENING THEN? WE HAVE STARS ON ICE. THAT’S FUN. EXCITED TO GET YOU BACK YOUR. WE WANT PEOPLE TO CHECK OUT THE U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS RUNNING THROUGH SUNDAY AT XCEL. ALL OF THE DETAILS AT WWW.WCCO.COM.

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