Maia Shibutani is one of the athletes who will be representing the United States in figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The 23-year-old ice dancer kates alongside her brother, Alex, and the pair is appropriately known by the catchy nickname “Shib Sibs.” They have medaled at every National Championship at the Senior level since 2011
Maia and Alex will be looking to land an Olympic medal in their second attempt after placing ninth in the at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Maia told USA TODAY Sports:
“Through the sport you really learn how to push yourself but then also persevere through challenging situations. We feel really lucky that we have experienced it together as a team because every day Alex and I are motivated to make each other stronger which makes our team the very best it can be.”
The siblings are the children of Chris Shibutani and Naomi Uyemura, who met during their time at Harvard. Both parents are of Japanese descent.
Ahead of the Opening Ceremony, Alex and Maia shared a video on their YouTube account that details their journey and history which led to their success on the ice. It is a heartfelt tribute to their mother.
You can watch the “Shib Shibs” routine from the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships below:
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang take place from Feb. 9 – Feb. 25.
The U.S. Olympic figure skating team for 2018 can be seen below:
- Karen Chen
- Mirai Nagasu
- Bradie Tennell
- Nathan Chen
- Adam Rippon
- Vincent Zhou
- Madison Chock and Evan Bates
- Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
- Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
- Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim