Maia and Alex Shibutani are a sibling ice dance team. They are the 2011 World bronze medalists, the U.S. silver medalists in 2011 and 2012, and bronze medalists in 2013. They are coached by Marina Zoueva and Oleg Epstein, and train at the Arctic Edge Arena in Canton, Michigan.
Their competitive career started in 2005 with a silver medal in juvenile ice dance at the U.S. Junior Championships during their very first year competing in the sport. The following two seasons they captured back-to-back U.S. National titles competing at the next successive levels – Intermediate (2006) and Novice levels (2007). Their competitive career at the Junior level was highlighted by a silver medal at the 2009 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and a third U.S. National title, winning the gold medal at the Junior level in 2010.
As competitors at the senior level since the 2010-2011 season, Maia and Alex have been 3-time medalists at the U.S. Championships, and made a historic debut during their rookie season, becoming the first ice dance team to medal at both of their Grand Prix events and the first U.S. Ice Dance team to medal during their debut at the World Championships (2011).
Maia and Alex have always been engaged in many aspects of their sport, sharing their experiences as athletes and performers. Highlights from their written and video blogs, which have appeared on figure skating sites – including usfsa.org and icenetwork.com, as well as the official site of the U.S. Olympic Committee, usoc.org can be viewed in both the News and Social Media links.
In August, 2012 Maia and Alex launched their official YouTube channel “ShibSibs” Productions. Their channel includes original videos which Maia and Alex have filmed, directed and edited – which have thus far garnered over 810,000 views. Their videos have included cameos by Olympians from the worlds of gymnastics and figure skating including: Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Danell Leyva, Jonathan Horton, Bart Conner, Mao Asada, Jeffrey Buttle, Johnny Weir, Takahiko Kozuka, and Brian Boitano.
Maia started skating when she was just four years old. She competed briefly as a singles skater before partnering with Alex in ice dance. Maia graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, MI and is now an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2011, Maia was one of ten scholar-athletes to be named to the US Figure Skating Scholastic Honors team. Maia was recently named a recipient of a Travel and Training Grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation, joining other members of the Class of 2012 including gymnast Gabby Douglas and the USA Women’s Boxing National Team.
Alex began skating at the age of seven, and like his sister, began his skating career as a singles skater. He graduated from Huron High School, and is now studying at the University of Michigan where he is interested in television, film, communications, and sports management. Known for his love of writing, he has blogged for icenetwork.com and is a 5-time winner of UniversalSports.com’s “Tweet of the Week” beating out Olympic athletes such as speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno and gymnast Alicia Sacramone. Alex follows many sports and is a die-hard Boston sports fan.
Maia & Alex Firsts
Maia and Alex are the first…
- …ice dance team to medal at both of their Grand Prix events in their debut season as senior competitors
- …U.S. ice dance team to medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in their first year as seniors
- …ice dance team of Asian heritage to win a medal at a major ISU Championship – 2011 Four Continents Championships, 2011 World Championships
- …ice dance team to have medaled every year, at every level of competition (from Juvenile to Senior) at the U.S. National Championships.