DETROIT — American Ice Dancing Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been named Co-Grand Marshals for the 88th America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van. The Michigan pair, who were the first Americans to bring home an Olympic Ice Dancing gold medal at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, will be celebrated along the parade route as it travels down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.
“I am grateful to be a part of America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van, a cherished tradition I have grown up with,” said Davis. “I look forward to traveling down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning and experiencing the parade with family, friends and fellow Detroiters who have showed me such strong support throughout my career.”
Davis and White awed audiences as they were the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dancing gold medal with their performance scoring the highest point total in the history of the Olympics. Davis and White are both University of Michigan students and longtime friends, raised in metro Detroit. They are the longest-lasting dance team in the United States with honors including: gold and silver Olympic medals, Olympic team bronze, two-time World Champions, the first Americans to win the World title, and they hold world records in short dance, free dance and total combined score. Most recently, Davis and White competed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and Davis and her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were named champions.
Recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by U.S News & World Report Travel, America’s Thanksgiving Parade will be held on Nov. 27. For more information, visit theparade.org.