Why Olympic star Charlie White doesn't want you to know whom he's dating
White, who along with Meryl Davis is favorite to win ice dance gold at these Winter Olympics, is in a long-term relationship with model and former figure skater Tanith Belbin, who was voted by Men's Health magazine as the most attractive female Olympian at the Vancouver Games four years ago.
However, while most men would surely want to tell the world if they were lucky enough to be in his situation, White admitted that he tries to keep his off-ice partnership with Belbin a secret, for competitive reasons.
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When asked by Yahoo Sports recently about the fact that during the last Olympics his relationship with Belbin was kept on the "down low," White said: "It actually still is. So probably ... we don't really talk about it. As an ice dancer, we take our on-ice relationships so seriously, and that's really the way we like to go about it. [Davis and I] are just presenting ourselves as a team, and all the rest of that [with Belbin] can wait for later."
Davis and White have been ice dancing's top team over the past two seasons and won Olympic silver four years ago. As part of their routine, they often portray characters that are in love, with as much realism as possible for the benefit of fans and judges. Tanith Belbin and Charlie White have kept their relationship under the radar. (Getty)
Tanith Belbin and Charlie White have kept their relationship under the radar. (Getty)
Belbin is a former ice dancer who competed for the United States with Ben Agosto, winning a silver medal in Torino in 2006 and placing fourth four years later. Along with Davis, White will battle Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, their close friends and training partners, when the individual dance event begins on Sunday.
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Asked if it is an odd feeling to portray being in love with a woman other than his girlfriend, White said, "It's just sort of the way we all fall in."
"Because we've been doing it for so long it just seems so natural," White added. "Meryl and I have been skating together for 16 years. We've known each other for our whole lives. It just feels really natural that that's how we sort of present ourselves to the world that cares about us as skaters."