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Governor Snyder welcomes Olympic gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis to Capitol

Charlie White, Meryl Davis, and Governor Snyder

Also recognizes Special Olympians, encourages physical fitness

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today welcomed 2014 Winter Olympic Gold Medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis to the state Capitol. The governor presented the ice skating duo a special tribute recognizing them for their history-making gold medal performance at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

White and Davis, both originally from Royal Oak and students at the University of Michigan, posted a combined score of 195.52, delivering the United States its first ever gold medal in ice dance.

“Charlie’s and Meryl’s remarkable stories and lifelong collaboration won over the hearts of countless Americans, and we could not be more proud to call them fellow Michiganders,” Snyder said. “They continually demonstrate the importance of teamwork and that, through hard work and dedication, anything can be achieved. They are a true inspiration and represent everything that is great about athletic competition. On behalf of all Michiganders, I say congratulations and thank you.”

The governor today also honored Teadora “Tia” Spremo with a special tribute for her accomplishments in the Michigan Special Olympics, where she earned a gold medal in figure skating at the 2014 State Winter Games. Spremo has been active in Special Olympics for the past five years, and previously competed in cross country skiing and track and field. In addition to her success on the field, Snyder commended Tea for her volunteerism off the field.

Snyder said that, just as Michigan’s Olympians developed a strong training and work ethic over the years in preparation for their success, so too should Michiganders lead a healthy and active lifestyle for their own wellness. To build a stronger Michigan, we must build a healthier Michigan, and residents are encouraged to follow the 4x4 plan, which includes:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet;
  • Engaging in regular exercise;
  • Getting an annual physical examination, and
  • Avoiding all tobacco use.

In conjunction, the governor also encouraged residents to be aware of four key health measures that are closely tied to the incidence of chronic disease:

  • Body mass index (BMI);
  • Blood pressure;
  • Cholesterol level, and
  • Blood sugar level.

Snyder said the MI Healthier Tomorrow program, offered through the Department of Community Health, is available for residents who are seeking to adopt the 4x4 plan and improve their health and wellness. MI Healthier Tomorrow encourages Michiganders to pledge to lose 10 percent of their body weight by adopting a healthier lifestyle. When residents take the pledge, they will receive a free starter kit with motivational tips, money-saving offers and other information as they strive to live healthier lifestyles.

Thirteen Michigan natives competed at the Sochi Olympics in men’s ice hockey, ice dancing, snowboarding and speed skating. In addition, 10 members of the Detroit Red Wings competed for their home countries at the games.