"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Meryl Davis & Charlie White
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.]
Michigan students Meryl Davis and Charlie White repeated as Champs in today's U.S. National Ice Skating Championships. I haven't been able to make comments, so I assumed I couldn't post and kept looking for last year's insider to report. I suspect our insider couldn't post because he and his sister were busy at the competition coming in second. I remember our insider was one of the Mich ice-skating roommate club.
Even if our insider wasn't Alex Shibutani (below right next to Charlie), he and his sister Maia placed second today in their first US seniors, after coming in 4th in last year's Junior World Championships. (No, she's not a student at UofM, through no fault of her own. She's still at Huron High School.) Both teams will now get to compete in the Worlds.
When I heard that the first 3 teams coming out of the short program trained together in Canton, I assumed one of the pairs was Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, the Michigan students who came in second to Davis & White last year. Turns out they couldn't compete. Emily's skate sliced Evan's achilles tendon in practice some time ago. (This is a sports blog, so we have to prove to the skeptics that this stuff too can be dangerous.) He's rehabbing and hoping to be back next year.
Article about Evan, including Ann Arbor & training partner info:
Wish I could post a picture of their winning programs to show Brian that neither Charlie nor Alex were wearing sequins, but they're not available yet.
Another UM student, Lynn Kriengkrairut, came in 5th with her partner Logan Giulietti-Schmitt (a 2008 grad of EMU). Loved their routine, and expect them to move up the board in competitions to come. Trevor Young, a pairs skater who must be the 4th roommate in the picture above, already graduated and just came back to skating with a new partner. If Trevor or Alex is our MGoBlog colleague, please correct and update.
A pretty good percentage for the U. Congrats to all.
EDIT: Thanks, TJ. I still don't get the comment box, so forgive me for answering you up here. I didn't get to watch you skate, but it's great you did so well when you've been with your new partner less than a year! Tell the rest of the team how much I loved the routines I did get to watch.