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Davis, White to help open worlds in Shanghai

Olympic ice dance champions looking forward to 'Stars on Ice' tour
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Meryl Davis and Charlie White are expected to join other Olympic champions in the opening ceremony at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai. -Getty Images

Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be in Shanghai for the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships after all.

The Olympic ice dance champions took a break from competing this season, but they will be on hand for the opening ceremony March 25.

"We're going to Shanghai," Davis said at the grand opening of airweave's flagship retail store in Manhattan's SoHo district Wednesday. "The local organizers asked us to be in the opening ceremony, so we will be there. I can't say we're sure what we will do yet."

Other Olympic champions, including Evgeni Plushenko, have been invited to participate in the opening ceremony as well. This is the first time the event will be held in China.

"We're 99 percent sure we'll be on the ice, skating," White said with a laugh. "I mean, it would be in their best interests not to have us sing."

The skaters competed at seven world championships (2007-13), winning two gold and two silver medals, but Shanghai will be a new experience.

"This will be our first worlds as (strictly) spectators; we've never attended when we weren't competing," White said, adding that he and Davis are looking forward to cheering on the U.S. teams in the short dance and pairs short program.

The golden duo won't have time to watch other events in Shanghai: They perform in Stars on Ice in Fort Myers, Florida, on March 28. The 10-city U.S. tour, which opened in Lake Placid on Dec. 30, re-starts in Providence, Rhode Island, on Saturday.

"This year is really a standout show, with the cast, choreography and a lot of quality numbers," Davis said. "We really think our skating in the show has stepped up."

"The opening number (set to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue") is pretty spectacular, in my mind," White said. "The way (choreographer) Jeff Buttle put it together is so impactful. It gives me chills."