GREENSBORO, N.C. — Madison Chock and Evan Bates had dinner this week with Charlie White, one of the people who changed the perception of U.S. ice dancing.
White and Meryl Davis became the first Americans to win Olympic gold in the sport last year. With the six-time U.S. champs taking a break, Chock and Bates captured their first national title Saturday after twice finishing as the runners-up.
These days, the top American teams can compete with the best in the world. But Bates also recalled what White told them: "You don't have to fulfill anything. You don't have to take over for us or anything like that."
Chock and Bates held a slim lead over Maia and Alex...