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    From Icenetwork, article/interview by Barry Mittan.

    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    After training in Colorado Springs, Colo., for two years, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, a brother-sister dance team, moved to Canton, Mich., to train with Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva in June 2006.

    The decision to move was initially triggered by Alex's need to begin considering his college options. His desire to continue training as an ice dancer at a leading training center, while also being able to pursue the strongest possible undergraduate education, made moving to Michigan a natural decision...
    I had not realized that Maia competed injured! When I watched their OD, I just assumed they were having an off day (We all have them).
    Maia seems like such a tough cookie to fight through the pain!
    They seem like such great kids and I am glad that they fought through it!
    They looked liked they were having so much fun even with the mistakes and it sounded like the crowd just loved them!!!
    Not to mention their FD is beautiful!

    This may be a transition/growth year for them but I am thoroughly convinced that they are the future of ice dance.
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    I've head so much about this couple recently but I don't know them, haven't seen them. Which competitions have they skated in and how have they placed? I can look up their videos if I know where they competed. I don't think they've done any senior GPs, right?

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    Found this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMoZl...eature=related

    Gorgeous. They have tremendous talent. Although I think I'm always partly questionable about the brother-sister chemistry in ice-dance, so we'll see how that develops. I find it to be a set-back because they obviously can't get lusty or romantic together without it being strange.

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    Whoa, they scored a 157+ in the JGPF, enough to beat EVERYONE in the senior version! Is the judging different for juniors, because that is amazing!!!

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    I'm a little worried for them now as a physical match...she needs to grow some more...quickly! For ice dance, height difference is a problem if it's too much. They are starting to look like a pair team! But I do like them...they are talented and just adorable on the ice.

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    That was a beautiful dance. Reminds me of Virtue and Moir. I hope the move works out for them. Good ice dancers are getting thick in the U.S!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~tapdancer View Post
    I'm a little worried for them now as a physical match...she needs to grow some more...quickly! For ice dance, height difference is a problem if it's too much. They are starting to look like a pair team! But I do like them...they are talented and just adorable on the ice.
    I agree, they currently look like a pairs couple. But remember that she was born in 1994 so she's only 14! She hasn't had her growth spurt yet. However there are definite advantages to a couple with a big height difference - it hasn't hurt Del/Scho, after all - and I think it's less of a problem than a ice dance couple who is the same height.

    And Tinymavy, I was also struck by their similarity in style and skating skills and lifts to V/M. NORTH AMERICA, shockingly, is becoming the powerhouse in ice dance instead of Russia/Europe. I wonder how the judges are going to like that.

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    I'm actually not too worried about their height difference. Maia is only 14 and I seriously doubt that she's hit her growth spurt yet.

    While their height difference is more than some other teams, it is similar to that of Delobel/Schoenfelder as well as Dubreuil/Lauzon...
    Samuelson/Bates of the U.S. also have a noticeable height difference.

    Their height difference doesn't take away from their performance or their magical story-telling ability. Nor does it take away from their technical ability. They're twizzles are probably the best twizzles in the world (except for Davis/White) and they're spins/footwork seem top notch as well.

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    WOW! )
    I love Shibutanis!!! They are soo good! So sweet.
    Maia is so young but she is so mature and kind.
    Alex is so handsome.
    They have so many fans in Korea!!! They are my favorite ice dance team!
    I wish them best luck in their future.

    Shibutani picture in KBS Yu-Na New Years Special with Patrick Chan and Asada Mao:

    http://kr.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=hXWAvT4EkAQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by koreasktr View Post
    Maia is so young but she is so mature and kind.

    Alex is so handsome.
    Who could deny it!

    http://www.ice-dance.com/events-resu...iShibutani.jpg

    But is anyone as pretty as Kim Yun-A?

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    Yes Yu-Na is the best She is a hero in Korea.

    Maia could! She is gorgeous and sophisticated.
    They make such a wonderful team. They look like they love to skate and feel music.
    At grand prix final at Seoul they were so nice to all Korean fans. So gracious and sweet. All Korean girls love Alex.

    Is this their first year junior international--they are so young. If so, very good for them! When was last time there was awesome asian ice dance team?

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    Quote Originally Posted by koreasktr View Post
    WOW! )
    I love Shibutanis!!! They are soo good! So sweet.
    Maia is so young but she is so mature and kind.
    Alex is so handsome.
    They are my favorite ice dance team!
    Exactly!!! They are the best~!!
    I really admire Maia and I wish I could be as confident as she! She is so young and sweet!!!
    I am actually basically lovestruck over Alex~! xD He is such a great skater and so kind!!!
    I can't WAIT to see them at US Nationals in less than two weeks!!!!

    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...d=38026&mode=P

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    100yen, Welcome to Golden Skate! Congratulations on your first post. Post often, post long!

    I love the Shibutanis, too.

    This is indeed their first year in international competition! Maia was too young before.

    I fell in love with their skating when they won Intermediates in the 05/06 season. It was broadcast on CN8, with Nancy Kerrigan commentating.

    Here's a link. They are so cute!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAlQSaclu4

    And for any other Shibutani fans, here's some other clips:


    Here's their OD from last year, as performed at Lake Placid International Dance Comp
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBbScPkb8lU
    Their Japanese themed OD from last year, done as an exhibition at Courchevel JGP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmSHRinOr0s

    Here's their Madrid JGP cd Starlight Waltz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U7KLsqsHuA
    And their OD this year from Madrid JGP (much better than at JGPF, due to the fact that Maia's foot wasn't hurt here)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm3PTRA6S6M

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    Quote Originally Posted by icedancexpert View Post
    I'm actually not too worried about their height difference. Maia is only 14 and I seriously doubt that she's hit her growth spurt yet.

    While their height difference is more than some other teams, it is similar to that of Delobel/Schoenfelder as well as Dubreuil/Lauzon...
    Samuelson/Bates of the U.S. also have a noticeable height difference.

    Their height difference doesn't take away from their performance or their magical story-telling ability. Nor does it take away from their technical ability. They're twizzles are probably the best twizzles in the world (except for Davis/White) and they're spins/footwork seem top notch as well.
    For Asian background, girls at 14 yo, she's most likely done with her growth. By genetic markers, their parents are not that tall, just hope that Alex is done as well. If he keeps growing, the height difference will be their major problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper View Post
    Found this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMoZl...eature=related

    Gorgeous. They have tremendous talent. Although I think I'm always partly questionable about the brother-sister chemistry in ice-dance, so we'll see how that develops. I find it to be a set-back because they obviously can't get lusty or romantic together without it being strange.
    So so so so beautiful. There is something that is just so natural about the way they move out there on the ice. I can't wait to see how they make the transition into seniors in another year or two.

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