Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I was going to begin this post, "While we're waiting for the next Hello post..." I was too late. But the dynasty of U of Michigan students in national (and world) ice dancing continues. Reigning Olympic champs Charlie White & Meryl Davis are sitting out this year, so our own Evan Bates & his partner (non-UM-alum-but-Michigan-dweller) Madison Chock won this year's US championship...
with the Shibutani Sibs (Alex & Maia) taking the silver. (They're the ones who aren't Charlie & Meryl in the picture below, chosen for those new to the board who are skeptical of their credentials.)
M students Meryl Davis and Charlie White (a member of this-here-blog) win their second World Championship in ice dancing, beating out the Canadian team who narrowly beat them out for the last Olympic championship.
It was a stunning victory, both in margin and that in came in the Canadians' hometown, where they are, as the public address announcer said, "local skating icons." But it wasn't even close. With 189.56 points, Davis and White beat Virtue and Moir by about 4 1/2 points. That score also topped the world record they'd set at last season's Grand Prix Final by a point.
The other two U.S. teams in the competition also finished in the top ten, and also contain M students [and/or alumni by now?], guaranteeing that the U.S. will send the maximum number of three teams to the next Olympics. Evan Bates and his partner Madison Chock were seventh, and Alex Shibutani and his sister Maia were eight. (Question to the MGoIceMen: Is Maia old enough to be a Michigan student yet? Congrats to you all.)
Link to AP article in Sports Illustrated, which raves in more detail about the winning performers though bizarrely illustrating the article with a picture of the second-place Canadian team. [Okay, not so bizarrely. They're making their rivalry much of the story.]
Kudos to Meryl Davis and Charlie White, juniors at Michigan, who just won the US ice dancing championships and will be heading to Vancouver. Two sophomores, Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates came in third and may also be heading to Vancouver as part of the US olympic team.
These kids are amazing athletes and we should all be proud. Leaders and best comes through again.
Wolverines were mentioned several times - GO BLIE!
Ice dancing has had a big following for a while. Check out Tanith Belbin if you want to know why.