It’s been an enormous 12 months for ice dancer Meryl Davis. The 27-year-old nabbed gold on the Sochi Olympics with longtime companion Charlie White, making them the primary U.S. ice dancing crew to win the highest spot on the rostrum. The duo went on to snag the very best potential rating within the crew ice dancing competitors as effectively, main the U.S. in the direction of a bronze medal within the occasion.
However Davis wasn’t carried out competing post-Olympics. Just some months after the Video games, she introduced house the coveted Mirrorball Trophy as champion of Dancing With the Stars with companion Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Becoming a member of the solid of the Emmy-winning present got here with an entire new set of challenges for Davis, who says, “I really learned a lot about myself that I didn’t expect to.”
Final night time on the Ladies’s Sports activities Basis’s thirty fifth Annual Salute to Ladies in Sports activities, Davis was honored for her achievements, and named winner of the Sportswoman of the Yr Award within the crew sport class. She’s in good firm, too: Earlier winners embody tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, WNBA veteran Candace Parker and soccer legend Mia Hamm.
DailyBurn caught up with Davis on the crimson carpet to get the inside track on her favourite low season exercises, what tasks she’s engaged on subsequent, and the way she will get herself pumped up for an enormous competitors.
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What does your off-ice coaching encompass?
Earlier than the Olympics, we labored with a coach who would form of dictate what was proper for us. So we’d do some working, some weight lifting, however aside from that I feel determine skaters typically keep away from an excessive amount of cross coaching for threat of damage. Now post-Olympics, I’m enjoying tennis, and doing yoga and all kinds of issues — type of dabbling. Main into the Video games…aside from working and weight lifting and somewhat little bit of plyometrics, it’s actually all on the ice.
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Are you doing a lot dancing after Dancing With the Stars?
Yeah, I’m truly headed to LA to rehearse with Maks tomorrow. We have now a present developing referred to as Shall We Dance. [Charlie and I are] going to be skating collectively and Maks and I are going to be dancing collectively. It is going to be a very enjoyable hybrid of dancing and ice dancing!
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Was Dancing With the Stars more durable than you anticipated? What was that have like?
I feel it was extra of a rising expertise than I anticipated, personally. In fact, I anticipated to study to bounce, and to study that talent. However I feel type of throwing myself into one thing else utterly I actually realized lots about myself that I didn’t anticipate to. And spending a lot time with another person as effectively, studying from him, it was an unbelievable, unbelievable expertise.
Earlier than you compete, do you might have any rituals or tips to get your self in the fitting mindset?
I do, it’s exhausting to consider them as a result of they occur so naturally after so a few years of competing! To psych myself up, folks will make enjoyable of me as a result of I do a whole lot of clapping. Our coach advised me years in the past that for those who clap 13 occasions earlier than you compete, it energizes you. And I’m superstitious sufficient that every time she tells me to do one thing, I simply do it, and I don’t query it. That and deep respiratory — however nothing too loopy!
To maintain up with Meryl on and off the ice, observe her on Fb. For extra concerning the Ladies’s Sports activities Basis, go to womenssportsfoundation.org.