ABC News’ Amy Robach, Kaitlyn Folmer and Ali Ehrlich report:
How can an ice dancing pair who personify love on the ice and skate in such synchronicity that they captured Olympic gold in Sochi be completely platonic off the ice?
Charlie White and Meryl Davis, U.S. ice dancers who have skated together for 17 years – longer than some marriages – say it was awkward at first to fall in love on the ice and then not be in love off the ice.
“In the beginning, especially when we were younger,” Davis, 27, said, while adding the pair “worked hard” to maintain the appearance of love on the ice.
“I realized early on that once I started skating with Charlie, I no longer wanted to be by myself,” she said.
Davis and White’s relationship is so unique that even they have a hard time describing it.
“It’s difficult,” said White, 26. “It’s so different from anything that most people are used to.”
“We did grow up together,” he said. We started at 8 and 9 and [have] been such a big part of each other’s lives.
They capped their 17-year skating career Monday by becoming the first-ever American pair to win an ice dancing gold medal.
Davis and White bested their Canadian rivals and training partners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who earned silver, by 4.5 points.
The results were a flip from the Vancouver winter games in 2010, where the Canadians finished first and White and Davis took home the silver.
“I can’t wait to get home and wear them all at the same time,” said Davis of the pair’s now two Olympic medals.