Maia and Alex Shibutani win first U.S. Ice Dancing title

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On Saturday at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota, siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani won their first U.S. ice dance title, besting defending champs Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

Performing their free skate to Coldplay’s “Fix You,” the five-time medalists finally broke through and nabbed gold with a final score of 190.14. Chock and Bates finished second with 186.93.

The Shibutanis — affectionately known as the “Shib Sibs” — were U.S. silver medalists in 2011 and 2012, then took bronze in 2013 and 2014, then finished again with the silver last year. And now they’re gold medalists.

Here’s video of their rousing, gold-winning performance:

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Brother-and-sister ice dance pair Alex and Maia Shibutani earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team

 


A big congratulations to brother-and-sister ice dance pair Alex and Maia Shibutani, who earned themselves a spot on the U.S Olympic figure skating team. The pair brought down the house and took the bronze medal with their Michael Jackson-themed free skate on Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The brother-sister ice dance tandem from Canton, Mich., are inseparable on and off the ice, so much so that they’ve earned the nickname “Shib Sibs.” They’re also known for their hilarious YouTube videos.

People come up to us and say, ‘Oh, I don’t know how you guys do it,” Alex said before joking that most brothers and sisters would want to wring each other’s neck.

But we do have a very close relationship,” he added, “where we’re able to skate together and spend time together off ice.”

Alex, 22, and Maia, 19, began their skating careers as individual competitors but eventually teamed up to take ice dance by storm.

In 2005 – at ages 13 and 10 – Alex and Maia became U.S. juvenile silver medalists and the next year they won the U.S. intermediate title. In 2007, the Shibutanis won the U.S. novice crown and then, as juniors, took silver at the 2009 world championships and won gold at the 2010 U.S. championships.

After breaking into senior competition with a bronze at the 2010 worlds, the Shib Sibs have been a fixture on the U.S. ice dance scene ever since.

It was only natural for us to start holding hands, skating around and doing new tricks and things,” Alex said. “It was a lot of fun for us.

Great chemistry isn’t the only reason for the Shibutanis’ success, though.

A lot of training for us as ice dancers is about the little details,” Maia explained. “It’s about nuances. We have lifts, we have spins. But we also have things like footwork.

For the Shib Sibs, keeping in step won’t ever be a problem.

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Brother-and-sister ice dance pair Alex and Maia Shibutani earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team