America cheered when Meryl Davis took home the gold in Sochi along with ice dancing partner Charlie White, and then they voted for her to to capture the coveted Mirror Ball trophy alongside Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Season 18.
It's easy to see why this couple came out on top of this uber-competitive season. Meryl was, unsurprisingly, a technically strong dancer; we wouldn't expect anything less from an Olympic ice dancing champ. But her appeal went far beyond technique. Her artistry was undeniable, her ability to tell an emotional story amazing — and arguably more apparent in the ballroom than it ever was on ice — and her partnership with the normally prickly Maks a revelation.
In honor of their win, let's take a walk down memory lane with all of Meryl and Maks' performances from the year.
Week 1 Cha-Cha-Cha
They started strong. Perhaps underscored?
Week 2 Swing
This Swing had some mistakes, but man, can she do a good lift.
Week 3 Foxtrot
Meryl shown in this Foxtrot. Near perfect!
Week 4 Argentine Tango
OK, this one was Meryl and Val. Still great.
Week 5 Samba
The judges were less impressed with this Jungle Book Samba.
Week 6 Tango
And a perfect score for Meryl!
Week 7 Salsa
Was there too much going on in this number? Maybe. Meryl still looked great.
Week 7 Group Dance; Team Loca
Meryl shown in the group dance.
Week 8 Rumba
Whatever, Abby Lee Miller. We all know this was amazing.
Week 8 Dance Duel Samba
Maybe not Meryl's best moment ever, but a lot of good technical content.
Week 9 Jive
Meryl can do fun just as well as she does emotional.
Week 9 Viennese Waltz
We tend to find Viennese Waltzs on the boring side on this show. Not this one.
Finale Argentine Tango
Tears. So many tears.
Finale Foxtrot and Cha-Cha-Cha Fusion
You'd never know they only had a day to put this dance together.
What was your favorite performance from M&M? Let us know in the comments below!