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Jewish ice dancer takes Olympic silver

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish ice dancer Charlie White took a silver medal at the Winter Olympics.

White, with partner Meryl Davis, edged fellow Americans and 2006 silver medalists Ben Agosto and Tanith Belbin, who finished fourth at the Vancouver Games. Agosto also is Jewish. 

"We had three great programs, so we are very happy," White said Monday, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Israel’s brother-and-sister ice dancing team of Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky finished 10th. They performed to music from "Schindler’s List" in the free dance Monday night at the Pacific Coliseum. The music was chosen in part as a tribute to 27 family members that died in Minsk, Belarus, during the Holocaust, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

“The music is amazing. We just weren’t sure we could skate it or not,” Roman Zaretsky told The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper. “I think it brought the balance — music and skating together. It doesn’t matter when you hear it, it’s the greatest music, and we wanted to try it.”

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