Derek Hough Olympics: Choreographer Is Key for a USA Gold Medal in Ice Skating

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 1, 2014

Derek Hough poses backstage with the award for Outstanding Choreography for
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Team USA ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White were seeking an edge in this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi. The duo has been skating together for 16 years now and look to get over the hump and finally obtain an elusive gold medal.

How do they plan on doing this?

They have tapped five-time Dancing With the Stars champion Derek Hough to choreograph their routine.

This trio could be exactly what the doctor ordered. After all, there are very similar graceful aspects to ice dancing and ballroom dancing. Hough pointed out that there were some similarities between the two during an interview with Mike Fleeman of People. Said Hough, "We met and talked music and ideas. There are some things that you can do on the ice that you can't do on the floor. I was in awe."

Hough choreographed a My Fair Lady-themed routine for the duo, and Davis—who knows that plenty is on the line—spoke briefly of the pressure, "We're expecting a lot of ourselves. There's a lot of pressure from within."

With visions of their silver-medal performance in Vancouver still lingering, Davis and White are hoping that working with Hough will be exactly what they need to get to the next level.

They look to be heading in the right direction.

This isn't the first time that Hough has seen Olympic ice skaters in action—whether it be on the ice or on the dance floor. Hough witnessed gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi win season six of Dancing With the Stars. In fact, it was Yamaguchi who got Davis, White and Hough together.

It appears as though this is a perfect match for Team USA's ice dancers. After putting on a virtually flawless showing at the U.S. nationals, Davis and White will look to continue their hot streak in this year's Olympics.

Their strong skating mixed with Hough's knowledge will be a perfect combination—anything less than a gold medal will surely be disappointing for this duo.