Charlie White Celebrates Olympic Gold Medal by Playing Violin on 'Today'

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 18, 2014

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18:  Gold medalists Meryl Davis (L) and Charlie White of the United States celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Figure Skating Ice Danceon day 11 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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For gold medalist Charlie White, taking a bow featured an impromptu performance on the violin.'s Eun Kyung Kim (h/t For the Win) reports on the spirited cameo White and ice dance partner Meryl Davis made on Tuesday's Today

The two spent the better part of the interview savoring the moment with smiles that never seemed to end. At one point, however, White delivered on a promise he once made to Savannah Guthrie and showed that his talents extend beyond the ice. 

According to Kim, the bet was if White won gold he would play the violin on the show, entertaining the nation without the aid of his skates. 

Here he is thanks to Today's Instagram

With violin in hand, White answered some gibberish Al Roker proclaimed was some form of Russian. Yes, White did have a violin, and he was about to put it to good use. You can watch the video of the wonderful encounter on

If it looked like he was nearly as happy as he was when he and Davis took gold with a combined score of 195.52, holding off their Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, it makes sense. 

As White contends, playing the violin doesn't come as easy as twizzling up and down the ice in front of millions of captivated fans watching from home. 

White proclaimed, "I think I maybe was more nervous for that," relating his brief concert to skating from Sochi's Iceberg Skating Palace. 

While Davis was willing to give him an "A-plus," White explains that he hasn't exactly kept up with playing the violin, "It's been a solid three years since I’ve played violin. I’m just honored that it could be for you guys."

Guthrie then offered, "I think you've learned never to make a promise to us." However, if playing violin means winning gold at the Winter Olympics, we think White is perfectly fine performing once again. 

Consider this a good luck charm of sorts. If the golden duo make it back to the Games for South Korea's 2018 Olympics, we assume White will again make a similar promise. 

Here's to hoping this isn't the last time we hear White play his violin.


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