||5 ft 9 in
|Date of Birth
|Place of Birth
||Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.
Charlie White is an American ice dancer. With partner Meryl Davis, he is the 2011 World champion, 2010 Olympic silver medalist, the 2010 World silver medalist, four-time Grand Prix Final champion (2009–2012), two-time Four Continents champion (2009, 2011) and five-time U.S. national champion (2009–2013). Davis and White teamed up in 1997 and they are currently the longest-lasting dance team in the United States.
They are the first American ice dancers to win the World title. At the 2006 NHK Trophy, they became the first ice dancing team to receive level fours on all their elements. White began skating at age five. He originally competed as both a single skater and an ice dancer. As a single skater, he won the bronze medal at the 2004 U.S. Championships on the Novice level, and competed internationally on the junior level. He quit skating singles following the 2005–06 season in order to focus on ice dancing. He began ice dancing when he was seven at his coach's advice, who hoped it would smooth out White's skating. He was partnered with Meryl Davis a year later, in 1997 or 1998, by Seth Chafetz. In 2009, Davis said: "Charlie and I grew up 10 minutes apart from each other. Our parents are best friends. We've grown together and know each other so well." In their first season together, they won the silver medal at the Junior Olympics in the Juvenile division. In the 2008–2009 seasons, Davis and White won their first Grand Prix assignment, the 2008 Skate Canada. In their second assignment, the 2008 Cup of Russia, they placed third in the compulsory dance but were eighth in the original dance after White fell twice and stumbled on twizzles. They recovered in the free dance, placing second in the segment and moving up to win the bronze medal, which together with the gold from Skate Canada was enough to qualify them for their first Grand Prix Final. At the 2008–2009 Grand Prix Final, they won the bronze medal.
At the 2009 National Championships, they won the event after reigning champions Belbin and Agosto withdrew due to injury. They won by a 20 point margin over silver medalists Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates. For the 2011–2012 season, Davis and White were assigned to two Grand Prix events—2011 Skate America and 2011 Cup of Russia—having declined a newly introduced option to compete in a third. They announced their music selections in August, including La Strada for their free dance, but in October announced a change to Die Fledermaus. Davis and White won gold at Skate America, with 70.33 points in the short dance and 107.74 points in the free dance. They were 21.78 points ahead of 2nd place team Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat. At 2011 Rostelecom Cup, the couple improved with a total score of 179.06, despite a small stumble in the short dance. They placed 17.88 points ahead of 2nd place team Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.
Their placements qualified them for the 2011–2012 Grand Prix Final, where they won the gold medal at the event. The two would later become silver medalists at the 2012 Four Continents Championships and 2012 World Championships. However, at the 2012 World Team Trophy, they edged training mates Virtue and Moir by 5.6 points, and Team USA won the silver medal. Following Igor Shpilband's dismissal from the Arctic Edge Arena in June 2012, Davis and White decided to remain at the rink with Marina Zoueva and ended their collaboration with Shpilband.