LANSING, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White visited Lansing and were honored by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The athletes attended an event inside the Capitol building Tuesday morning.
The governor presented the ice skating duo a special tribute recognizing them for their history-making gold medal performance at last month’s Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
White and Davis, both originally from Royal Oak and students at the University of Michigan, posted a combined score of 195.52, delivering the United States its first ever gold medal in ice dance.
“Charlie’s and Meryl’s remarkable stories and lifelong collaboration won over the hearts of countless Americans, and we could not be more proud to call them fellow Michiganders,” Snyder said in a news release. “They continually demonstrate the importance of teamwork and that, through hard work and dedication, anything can be achieved. They are a true inspiration and represent everything that is great about athletic competition. On behalf of all Michiganders, I say congratulations and thank you.”
The governor also honored Teadora “Tia” Spremo from Ann Arbor with a special tribute for her accomplishments in the Michigan Special Olympics, where she earned a gold medal in figure skating at the 2014 State Winter Games. Spremo has been active in Special Olympics for the past five years, and previously competed in cross country skiing, and track and field. In addition to her success on the field, Snyder commended Tea for her volunteerism off the field.
Snyder said that, just as Michigan’s Olympians developed a strong training and work ethic throughout the years in preparation for their success, so too should Michiganders lead a healthy and active lifestyle for their own wellness.
The Associated Press contributed to this report