E. Schoenborn

E. Schoenborn

Emily Schoenborn, Sports Writer

Maia and Alex Shibutani have been attached to the hip from an extremely young age. Alex is the oldest by 3 years and first fell in love with basketball, but after watching the ice skating World Championship in 2003, he found a new love. Maia started training at 4 with her, who was then 7, and it became abundantly clear that these two were destined for greatness. The Shib Sibs won medals at every U.S. National junior level, so their parents packed up and moved to Colorado Springs for Alex and Maia’s training only to later move to Michigan. From there the Shib Sibs began to gain popularity as they started to win every medal at every national senior level.

There wasn’t one breakout moment for the brother/sister duo, but instead a gradual climb to popularity. As Maia put it, “…our Olympic ambitions felt real during our first season as senior dancers [2010-11] after the Olympics in Vancouver. For an entire year, we received very good results culminating in our first Worlds medal when I was 16…That was the moment when the Olympics wasn’t just a dream, but a real goal.” In fact, they made their Olympic debut in Sochi and returned to the big stage in Pyeongchang this year! The Shib Sibs put on a brilliant performance, so brilliant that it earned them the bronze. They recorded every step of their journey and you can see it on