2010 Olympic Ice Dancing Silver Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White took time to talk about their favorite childhood books when they were in Spokane for the Stars on Ice Tour.
Meryl's childhood favorite was the classic "The Velveteen Rabbit."
"I think it really epitomizes that things are important to child that adults can't really grasp after they're grown up," Meryl said. "I just loved the stuffed toys and how things were so important to the little boy, and he just had this deep love for his bunny."
Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" was Charlie's childhood choice.
"I really liked the Lorax because of its imagery, the bright pictures, and the way Dr. Seuss rhymed everything," he remembered. "Looking back it was a big environmental statement, but it wasn't something I knew as a kid, and I just kind of liked the pictures!"
Charlie and Meryl were paired up as ice dancers in 1997, and are currently the longest running dance partnership in the United States. Both are students at the University of Michigan.
Meryl first laced on her skates at age 5. When she wasn't on the ice, she spent a lot of time reading with her parents.
"Reading was so important to me- not only did it create a bond between me and my parents and something special we could do together- it also helped me to really love reading," Meryl recalls. "Now that I'm in my 20's, I'm looking back and that really helped me enjoy my education."
"Reading is such a crucial part of education," says Charlie, who started skating at the tender age of three. "Becoming a better reader is really the first step in going as far as you can in the world. There are so many great things that come from reading- patience, imagination, critical thinking- these are all things kids need to know."
For Meryl, reading created a burst of creativity that stays with her in her skating career.
"Having my parents read to me really increased my love of books and it kind of increased my ability to imagine things and see things in my head and imagine anything is possible," she says. "I not only took that into my education, but also into my career as an athlete. It's helped me go as far as I have and make my dream come true."