Interview with Meryl & Charlie's Moms

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  1. TanithandBenFan

    TanithandBenFan U.S. Ice Dance Junkie

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    I have a couple of special guests on my blog for Mother's Day! Cheryl Davis and Jacqui White stopped by for a fun interview. You can read about their competition travels, some Meryl and Charlie costume disasters, and more here. :)
     
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  2. PinkFeathers

    PinkFeathers Active Member

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    Very lovely, thank you for sharing. They seem like super cool moms!
     
  3. paskatefan

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    Loved this interview, and I plan to share it with some friends. Thanks! :encore:
     
  4. Sk8fun

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    Thank you so much for sharing this. I loved the interview and the pictures too!
     
  5. literaryfreak

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    Loved it, interviews from parents are so insightful.

    There are mentions of Domnina & Shabalin and Denkova & Staviski here for those who are interested.
     
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    Thank you so much!
     
  7. skatesindreams

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    Fantastic interview!
    Thanks very much for sharing it with us.
     
  8. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Lovely interview and pics! Great job!
     
  9. DORISPULASKI

    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

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    Does anyone have an idea what Domnina & Shabalin program she was admiring?

    Domnina in a yellow dress with drums? In the 2006 to 2007, maybe 2008 time frame, which would be early in Meryl & Charlie's senior career?

    Maybe their Olympic FD to Spirit Dances (Oksana was in gold)?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx-euAl326M

    Conflated with their Olympic OD, which had drums?

    The only really yellow dresses I could find were these two:

    2004 CD, she was definitely in yellow
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wYSPaCcs5w

    It's not this one ;) but I couldn't resist
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcl0dQJLHKU
     
  10. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Thank you for sharing, and I love the photos. I also love your blog! :)

    DORISPULASKI, thanks for the youtube videos!
     
  11. TanithandBenFan

    TanithandBenFan U.S. Ice Dance Junkie

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    Thanks so much!

    Doris, I was trying to figure out which program it was, too. Thanks for the vids!
     
  12. literaryfreak

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    I've been trying to figure this out too. Maybe it was during a practice and Domnina was wearing a different dress for the dance? But if it were a practice, it would probably have to be a competition that Meryl & Charlie were also competing at.
     
  13. Garden Kitty

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    Great interview, thanks. They seem to have such a level head about the sport - no wonder they've raised such grounded kids.
     
  14. samiller

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    What a great interview for Mother's Day. Great ladies and families. So sane. So normal. Love it.
     
  15. LilJen

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    :yikes: at Charlie's first Eleanor's Dream costume. No wonder they ditched it!!

    They do seem like really level-headed people who've raised level-headed kids. There should be more level-headed people in skating! (though many of you may disagree and long for :drama::skandal)
     
  16. Theatregirl1122

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    Great interview! I read it on my phone the other day and so I only saw a small picture of Charlie's costume. My first thought was "oh, that is quite bad". Now that I've seen it on my real computer, it's worse. He looks like a chorus member from spamalot!
     
  17. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    There is this but it's from 2003 and I don't think they performed it in later years. Meryl & Charlie weren't senior yet, in fact they probably weren't even junior yet in 2003.
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...sg=AFQjCNE6He0ONUxShgurWJ5eA9QTkipVdg&cad=rja

    Their moms have good taste! Samson & Delilah is my favorite D&W program as well and their choices in other dancers were quite voidy.
     
  18. Katarzyna

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    Wonderful interview! Thank you - it's always great to get a little picture of the background behind the skaters. :)
     
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    Very good interview. I had never seen that clip of ER before. It is amazing to see how that routine evolved (both choreography and costuming).
     
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    You said you narrowed it down to five questions, but I would LOVE to read a "part 2" if something like that exists. Great job and great skating moms!
     
  21. DORISPULASKI

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    That clip of the Exhibition could have been it.

    http://www.tracings.net/2002belg.html

    Both Oksana & Maxim and Meryl & Charlie were at JGP Belgrade (Sparrow) in the 2002/2003 season. Oksana & Max won, & that was the same season as they did that exhibition at Jr. Worlds. Perhaps they did that number in Belgrade. BTW, Meryl and Charlie finished 6th, and I'm sure the moms would have been thinking of them as "Little Meryl & Charlie" in that year.

    http://www.tracings.net/davi-whit.html

    From their bio, it looks like that JGP was D&W's first junior competition.

    Here's their Chocolat FD from their first season in juniors, 2002/2003. Their coach was Seth Chafetz at the time, and the choreographer for this dance was Liz Punsalan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0_IWtmls8A
     
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  22. missysays

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    Thanks for that little trip down memory lane! It was interesting for me to look back at Domnina and Shabalin from so early in their careers as well. I really loved their freedom of movement and sophistication even at that age. Too bad they were dogged by injury later in their careers and couldn't fulfill the promise of those early years.
     
  23. TanithandBenFan

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    One day I'll have to do a Part 2! I didn't want to bog them down with too many questions. :) They have so many great stories from all their years involved with the sport!
     
  24. literaryfreak

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    Yes! I loved that they mentioned both DomShabs and Denkova/Staviski, two very dramatic teams.