NEW YORK (AP) For 17 years, Meryl Davis and Charlie White always had another competition to train for, another goal to accomplish.
With Olympic gold medals now hanging around their necks, the American ice dancers have nothing like that on their to-do list right now - and they're relishing the feeling.
"We're just in the moment and enjoying that and allowing ourselves to take it all in," Davis said Wednesday. "It's our nature as athletes to set goals for ourselves and set timelines and be regimented. After 17 years together, we're just allowing ourselves this moment to not regiment ourselves and to not move to the next step too quickly."
One of the premier events at the Winter Olympics, figure skating actually got its start at the 1908 Summer Games - 16 years before the IOC opted to hold a winter version of the Games. Some of the Olympics' most dramatic moments have come on the ice, and the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi will be the host of something truly original - the first Olympic team events. Much of the attention, though, will be on one of the most highly anticipated evenings of the Olympics, the ladies' free skate on Feb. 20, as Americans Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner try to steal gold from heavily favored Mao Asada of Japan.