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SOCHI, Russia - Charlie White threw his arms in the air in celebration to try to describe how he'd felt Sunday morning.
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After four years, the moment had finally arrived for White and Meryl Davis, seeking to win the United States' first Olympic gold medal in ice dancing.
"I definitely woke up today ready," Davis said. "And yes, it's great to wake up with a smile on your face."
They were grinning even more broadly after their short dance, when they set an international personal best with 78.89 points to lead training partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada by 2.56.