Wednesday, August 29, 2012

World Champions to star in season-ending ice show

Davis, White will join Sun Valley skaters

Express Staff Writer

    World ice-dancing champions and Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will show off their skills at the Sun Valley Lodge on Saturday, Sept. 1, capping off the resort’s world-class series.
    Davis and White took silver at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, as well as garnering four straight United States championship titles. They were also U.S. Junior champions in 2006, and won bronze at the World Junior Championships that year. They have been skating together since 1997, training in Canton, Mich., and setting their sights on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
    Lana Breazeale, the resort’s recreation director and producer of the ice shows, said Davis and White have been appearing at the show since 2007—before they were adult international champions—and have returned ever since.
    “Charlie and Meryl are such fantastic skaters, and they are so exciting to watch,” Breazeale said. “You watch them and think, ‘If they use this number in the Olympics, no one is going to touch them.’”
    Davis and White are known for their innovative, energetic style in ice dancing, which ice show Director Scott Irvine described as a more “intricate” form of figure skating.
    “It’s fun and upbeat,” Irvine said. “I have always enjoyed watching their programs. It’s always a pleasure to watch them skate.”
    Irvine said Davis and White will contribute two numbers to the show, and the other performances will be by the resort’s “core” team of skaters. The show from the core skaters is different every week, Irvine said, so just because residents may have seen more than one show, that doesn’t mean they will be bored.

The figure-skating duo of Meryl Davis and Charlie White will perform at Sun Valley Resort on Saturday, Sept. 1
Courtesy photo

    “We haven’t done the same show yet!” he said. “It’s really been a challenge to keep up with the running orders for each show, since everything changes so much.”
    Sun Valley Co. spokeswoman Shannon Besoyan said that usually, both the core skaters and the visiting stars can be seen skating at the lodge rink during the day, practicing their moves for that night’s show. Members of the public are welcome to come and watch, she said.
    Besoyan added that many of the ice show’s stars return year after year, and Davis and White are no exception. The pair’s spokeswoman, Lynn Plage, said in an interview last week that Davis and White always look forward to their Sun Valley show.
    “It’s definitely a highlight for them to come to Sun Valley,” she said. “How could you not love it? And for them to be there on a holiday weekend is just fantastic.”
    The show is expected to begin at 8:45 p.m., or whenever dusk falls. Ticket options include a dinner-and-show package that includes a Sun Valley buffet and terrace seating, two bleacher seating options and seating on the Sun Valley Lodge’s Sun Room balcony. Tickets can be purchased at or by phone at 208-622-2135.

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