Nikkei siblings take bronze in world ice dance championship


SUPER SIBLINGS — Maia and Alex Shibutani at the world championships in Moscow. photo by Michelle Harvath

In a show of skill, siblings and partners Alex and Maia Shibutani secured the bronze medal for ice dancing in the World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow. The U.S. dominated ice dancing with the gold going to Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who beat Canadian skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and the third team Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein placed ninth.

The Shibutani siblings are an up-and-coming pair in the skating scene. They have secured two Grand Prix medals in their debut season.

The audience gave them a standing ovation for their performance at the 2009 Junior Grand Prix in Tokyo.

Alex Shibutani recently turned 20 years old and is a student at University of Michigan where he studies business communications. He started skating at the age of 7.

Maia Shibutani, 16, began skating at the age of 4. She attends high school in Ann Arbor, Mich. where she is a straight-A student. She hopes to pursue a career in law or business that involves skating in some capacity.

“Thank you to everyone for all the support throughout this entire season,” Maia Shibutani said in a post on Twitter May 2. “This past week was a fairy-tale ending to our first year.”

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