‘DWTS’ Choreographer Derek Hough Makes Olympic History With US Ice Dancers

By ABC News

Feb 18, 2014 11:07am

 

ABC News’ Kelly McKelvey and Alison Kenworthy report:

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the darlings of the ice rink, skating into history books winning America’s first Olympic ice dancing gold.

“To go through the most stressful thing in the world, we put so much pressure on ourselves and we did such a great job of being there for each other,” White said at a press conference after the win.

WATCH: Meryl Davis and Charlie White Win Gold

The dynamic duo has been skating together for the past 17 years, but their secret weapon in scoring the Olympic gold was the master of the mirror ball, Derek Hough.

The “Dancing With the Stars” champ helped choreograph Sunday’s short program earning Davis and White first place.

“They came to me and they said, ‘Listen, we want to go all the way,’” Hough told ABC News. “I feel really confident in them as a team and as a partnership.”

Hough, 28, met the golden duo through a mutual friend and was up for the challenge of taking his ballroom skills to the ice.

“I like to do things outside my comfort zone that I’m not really used to,” he explained. “I picked up pretty quick that [there were] certain things you can and cannot do on the ice. But really, mostly that you can do– that you can’t do on the wood floor.

“Meryl and Charlie are just amazing human beings,” he added. “They’re the most sweet and kind people and I’m just so proud of them.”

WATCH: What’s Next for Meryl Davis and Charlie White?

As for the gold medal, Hough said, “It’s just unbelievable.  I mean, how do you even wrap your mind around that?”

Deciding to work with Davis and White has been “one of the best, most fulfilling decisions” Hough has ever made, as he proudly posted this message on Instagram Monday night of his smiling students still on the ice waving the American flag: “USA USA USA !!! History in the making. First Time USA has won this event in Olympic history.”

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