Maia and Alex Shibutani
U.S. Olympic Team/Team USA figure skating
Following their 2017 Figure Skating Championships gold medal, the Shibutanis earned two bronze medals at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. They became the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Winter Olympics, first American sibling ice dance team to win an Olympic medal and the second sibling ice dance team to win an Olympic medal.
Figure skating's international season begins in September 2017 and ends in March 2018:
• 2018 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 19-20, bronze medalists, ice dance
o Became the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Winter Olympics
o Became the first American sibling ice dance team to win an Olympic medal
o Became the second sibling ice dance team to win an Olympic medal
• 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 11-12, bronze medalists, Team Event
o Maia and Alex placed second in both segments of competition
o By earning 18 points, Maia and Alex contributed more points than any other competitors toward Team USA’s overall total of 62
• 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Champions
o Won second-consecutive U.S. ice dance title
o U.S. record short dance (2017): 82.42
o Second highest U.S. overall score (2017): 200.05
• 2017 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series
o 2017 Rostelecom Cup champions
o 2017 Skate America champions
o Won fifth and sixth career Grand Prix Series titles
o Qualified for fifth career Grand Prix Series Final
o 2017 Grand Prix Final bronze medalists
• Other Awards
o Maia was the first ice dancer to receive the Women's Sports Foundation's Travel and Training Grant (2012)
o Maia is a two-time recipient of the Women's Sports Foundation's Travel and Training Grant (2012, 2014)
o Voted SKATING Magazine Readers’ Choice Award winners in 2016
o Two-time winners of the Professional Skaters Association’s Edi Award (2011, 2016)
Maia and Alex Shibutani have always used their talent in ice dance as an opportunity to seize a public platform and make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to a long track record of on-ice success, the “Shib Sibs” have shown equal dedication and commitment to excellence off the ice, demonstrating their character in various roles of leadership throughout their career.
As the longest-tenured partnership on Team USA, Maia and Alex have medaled at 13 consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships, winning titles at the intermediate (2006), novice (2007), junior (2010) and senior (2016-17) levels. They are three-time World medalists, and earned bronze in both the ice dance and figure skating team events at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
In the 2010-11 season, they became the first ice dance team to medal at both of their Grand Prix events during a rookie season, and, in winning silver at the 2011 Four Continents Championships, became the first ice dancers of Asian heritage to earn a medal at an ISU championship event. At the 2011 World Championships, they became the first American ice dancers to medal at their World Championships debut, and at just 16 and 19, were the second youngest team in history (and youngest since 1962) to medal at the World Championships. They are the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Winter Olympics, the first American sibling ice dance team to win an Olympic medal, and the second ever sibling ice dance team to medal at the Winter Olympics.
SERVICE TO COMMUNITY:
For nearly a decade, the siblings have equally dedicated themselves to charitable causes off the ice, continuing their involvement and contributions to several organizations throughout each competitive season.
--Since 2012, Maia and Alex have served as Athlete Ambassadors for Figure Skating in Harlem, the only organization for girls of color that combines the power of education with access to the artistic discipline of figure skating.
--Since 2013, they’ve served as Athlete Ambassadors for Right to Play, an organization dedicated to using sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome poverty, conflict and disease.
--Maia and Alex have shared their talents and resources to Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation for childhood literacy.
--They participate in The Jimmy Fund, which supports the fight against cancer at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, continuing to contribute to the fund even on occasions when they can’t attend as performers in An Evening with Champions – The Jimmy Fund’s annual fundraiser.
--They are members of the Athletes’ Advisory Commission for the LA2028 Summer Olympics bid organization.
--They serve in the United States Olympic Committee’s Sports Envoy Program, and have twice been guests of the Secretary State and the Vice President at US State Department functions honoring the Prime Minister of Japan. As Sports Envoys, the siblings conducted skating clinics for young Korean skaters during the lead up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and took part in a U.S. Embassy discussion with 60 Korean youth on topics such as sportsmanship and youth empowerment.
--Their commitment to goodwill doesn’t stop with athletic roles. After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Maia and Alex contributed to The ONE Fund, and raised $10,000 for Charity Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries, in 2017.
--They appeared as Familiar Faces in the NOH8 campaign to promote marriage, gender and human equality, and, throughout their busy training and appearance schedule, regularly pay visits to Boston Children's Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Center, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
--In the lead-up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Maia and Alex served as mentors in in the United States Olympic Committee’s “Thank you, PyeongChang” initiative – a goodwill campaign aimed to contribute to the positive legacy of the PyeongChang Games, regularly speaking to children at Jinbu Middle School in PyeongChang to provide students virtual lessons about Olympic values, health and nutrition, and what it takes to become Olympians.
Most Important Accomplishment:
Earned two bronze medals (Team event and ice dance event) at Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea.