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Guided by Whyte, a national technical specialist in ice dance, Ryan and several other clients learn from a coach who's résumé includes working with 2014 Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the first Americans to win Olympic ice dancing golds.
Ryan isn't Whyte's only champion. Megan Fee, a senior at Geneva, trains with Whyte. At the September championships, Fee competed in the senior combined dance, winning pewter (fourth) and international pattern events, winning gold. The Geneva native has won six medals over last her four nationals appearances.
Whyte completed secondary school at 12 to train full-time. He then came to the United States at 19, and competed all the way to junior world championships and senior nationally. At 23, Whyte retired as a skater. The coaching bug, however, never left him.
"[Ryan] is an incredibly hard worker," Whyte said. Up until recently, she's needed a lot of reinforcement...Chloe, she's so good, and I've said that, 'You're so good. Why should I need to boost your ego?'"