Jewish Olympian Charlie White, Partner Meryl Davis Win Ice Dancing Gold in Sochi

February 17, 2014 5:17 pm 13 comments

Jewish figure skater Charlie White and his partner Meryl Davis. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org - Jewish-American figure skater Charlie White and his partner Meryl Davis won a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics ice dancing competition on Monday.

Davis and White finished with a score of 195.52, about 4.5 points ahead of Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won the silver medal. Russia’s Nikita Katsalapov and Elena Ilinykh won bronze.

White and Davis’s gold medal is the 15th gold in Olympic figure skating for the U.S., but America’s first gold in ice dancing. White and Davis also won a bronze medal at the team skating competition last Sunday.

Davis and White, who have been skating together since 1997, skated to the music from “Sheherazade.”

“That in itself justified 17 years of hard work,” White said, the Associated Press reported.

13 Comments

  • David Nussbaum

    Although it is sad that so many Jews have little to no appreciation for the exceptional heritage that we all share, I recall a number of former “celebrities” that somewhat later in life acquired a sense of their Jewish identities and motivated many youngsters to explore and discover the inspiring values that provide a structure for our distinct way of life. Rather than succumb to the tendency of minority groups to “circle the wagons and shoot inwards”, we should extend a respectful invitation to Charlie White to investigate his roots and perhaps discover what he may have not been aware of earlier in his life. In the meantime, let’s recognize excellence in a fellow Jew and wish him well. If we miss this opportunity, he will likely continue his life as he has done successfully in his terms of reference.

  • Let me remind you that if you would not be raised religious how would you know? You know how lucky you are that you even know what a yid is supposed to do and be? I spoke to a jewish 17 year old that told me he was raised in a secular home and did not even know what a Jew is? Multiply that by the thousands. So to those who make comments,wake up and smell the coffee. As it states Moshiach will come when all the Yidden follow the Torah or when no one follows the Torah.
    The Lubavitcher Rebbe said what that means is NOW…When the Jews dont know about the Torah. Less then one percent of our jewish population are practicing jews!!

  • Canadians still think that our Canadian pair should have won gold!

  • Would two guys in shtriemels and peyis make Dov happier?

  • They were great ! After 17 years of practice, fantastic achievement. We are proud of our Golden Olympians.

  • A great accomplishment after 17 years of hard work. Wish them the very best.

  • It is a pitty that a Jew is involved in breaking the laws of the Torah. It is one step toward asimilation.

    • What laws are these skaters breaking? I’m sorry that you are so critical. Not all Jews are religious. I feel nothing wrong with saluting Jews who have achieved greatness regardless of the field they are in. You should be proud of them instead of condemning them. There are many other people in this world worthy of condemnation. Have you taken the time to condemn them as well or have you narrowly focused on just Jewish athletes?

  • I’m not surprised, but other religious think that the Jews get everything for free. What they don’t know is that how hard we (the Jews) working hard.

    As we say, money don’t fall of the tree.

  • Yeehah!! Shlug der goyim!!

    • Farvos epes ‘shlug di goyim’? It’s great that a Jewish guy and his partner won gold. Just be happy, ‘cos there’s enough ‘shlugn und hargenen’ in the world as it is.

  • Steven M. Lukens

    Congratulations!!! You make us all proud!!! Wish I could have seen your skating on TV. All the best, Steven M. Lukens

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