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Oct 21, 2011 1:09 AM by Lee Douglas

Skate America kicks off Grand Prix figure skating season

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) - Soon after Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first gold medal in ice dancing for the United States at the world championships, they got busy changing everything.

The skaters from suburban Detroit turned down many of the spoils that came from their breakthrough victory, preferring to install new short and long programs despite having just five months before the season began.

Davis and White will find out whether their singular focus was worth it starting Friday night at Skate America, the opening Grand Prix meet of the season and their first competition since winning worlds at Moscow in April.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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