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    Maia & Alex Shibutani

    I wanted to start a thread for Alex and Maia's upcoming (hopefully rebound) season. There have been many posts about how as siblings their music choices are limited but I actually feel like they could use that to venture into music we haven't seen interpreted yet. As they are a team with particularly smart genes I would love to see them create something a bit more intellectual. I would love to see them interpret something from a movement, like Simon & Garfunkel's "the Boxer" or "America". Or even something from Bob Dylan or Joan Baez. Ice dance has traditionally been all about pathos but why shouldn't ethos have a moment in the spotlight as well? Good luck to Alex and Maia this season!

    Edit: I'm sure they've already picked and learned both programs but I guess the music part is more what I hope we see from them.


    Their ISU bio
    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00011168.htm
    ISU bio Wayback machine archive
    http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://...fs00011168.htm

    Their icenetwork bio:
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/te...tani_shibutani
    Icenetwork bio Wayback machine archive
    http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://...tani_shibutani

    Maia's wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maia_Shibutani
    Alex's wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Shibutani

    Tracings.net
    http://tracings.net/shib-shib.html

    Social Media

    Maia and Alex are the king and queen of skating social media!!

    Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/Maia.AlexShibutani

    Maia's Twitter: http://twitter.com/MaiaShibutani
    Alex's Twitter: http://twitter.com/AlexShibutani

    Maia's Instagram: http://instagram.com/MaiaShibutani
    Alex's Instagram: http://instagram.com/alexshibutani

    Maia's Vine: https://vine.co/u/908912538270445568
    Alex's Vine: https://vine.co/AlexShibutani

    Official website: http://www.maiaandalex.com/

    Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ShibSibs

    Tumblr: http://shibsibs.tumblr.com/

    Update May 2015

    Programs

    2014-15
    SD Flamenco/Paso Doble medley
    FD "Rosen aus dem Süden" and "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss

    Their personal best FD score of 102.72, and their best ever total score of 172.03 were earned here.
    2015 Worlds SD British Eurosport
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXMM5NQyP3E
    2015 Worlds FD British Eurosport
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoUC-r9qUo4

    2015 Four Continents SD. Their personal best SD score of 69.65 occurred here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH9MUM6DPww
    2015 Four Continents FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hxATDZX03U

    2015 US Championships SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTgarBdClos
    2015 US Nationals FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVlu6xVcI8c

    2014 GPF SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpJcp9BUY_o
    2014 GPF FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iACfyys7868

    2014 Cup of China SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhpDlIvkj2Y
    2014 Cup of China FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwxV6nEO-8Y

    2014 Skate America SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt7d0Pf45Rs
    2014 Skate America FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNFviTGIf4M

    2014 Ice Challenge of Graz SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex8jjmirAbQ
    2014 Ice Challenge of Graz FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES1bWJc8bKE

    2014 Nepela Trophy SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB-PGp8H4Jo
    2014 Nepela Trophy FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf-P7y0fJEs

    2013-14
    SD Michael Bublé medley
    FD Michael Jackson medley

    2014 Worlds SD British Eurosport (Their season's best total score of 158.57 occurred here)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCHMOjMNPYs
    2014 Worlds FD British Eurosport
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=defSgxHGYd0

    2014 US Nationals SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfL1DdPI5N0
    2014 US.Nationals FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH5yyq9_Gys

    2013 NHK SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqFifvalrJw
    2013 NHK FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moWUws0okuA

    2013 Skate America SD British Eurosport
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVmB3eY1xuU
    2013 Skate America FS British Eurosport
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxTcNNq-8SQ

    2012-13
    SD "Ojos Azul," "Dolencias" and "Sikureada" by Incantations
    FD The Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack by John Williams

    2013 Worlds SD Their best 2012-13 score 66.14
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jsAoujiGWM
    2013 Worlds FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouImYZxmpbk

    2013 Four Continents SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0J-h7Vv5FM
    2013 Four Continents FD. Their best 2012-13 FD score of 96.71 points.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHYaeHNMBA8

    2013 US Nationals SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQgbIW6zM60
    2013 US Nationals FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhRqPAUQjsE

    2012 Rostelecom Cup SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOPMSgdyh3s
    2012 Rostelecom Cup FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lci9qn6tJs

    2012 NHK SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSEk8dPxSG8
    2012 NHK FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlz06t3Opw4

    2011-12
    SD "Batucada" by DJ Dero, "The Girl From Ipanema" by Olivia, and "Samba de Janeiro" by Bellini (second part of season)
    SD Samba: Batuca by DJ Dero; Samba: Skip to the Bip by Club des Belugas; Samba: Jazz Machine by Black Machine (first half of season)
    FD Selections from the Sun Valley Serenade soundtrack by Glenn Miller

    2012 Worlds SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6KYD_z4VP4
    2012 Worlds FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f2ah3zWc0Y

    2012 US Nationals SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfv_ACXZ3JA
    2012 US Nationals FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfv_ACXZ3JA

    Their season best total score occurred here, 160.55
    2011 GPF SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HssyfvqAKi4
    2011 GPF FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zov69Gw_NLU

    2011 Cup of China SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whTk4L2EYNY
    2011 Cup of China FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xS8WvemwnU

    2011 NHK SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ8XMOqbq2I
    2011 NHK FD - No Commentary Universal Sports. They won!!! Great performance!
    http://www.youtube.com/#/watch?v=gK-vjgUReAo

    2011 Finlandia SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dw_7rB0gzs
    2011 Finlandia FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic50rkx8pb8

    2010-11
    SD "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers
    FD Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" performed by Nat King Cole and Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance" performed by Nat King Cole

    In their bronze medal performaces here, they achieved their season's best scores, a total of 163.79 points
    2011 Worlds SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFh0Excv6QU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdZlWH1U9ME
    2011 Worlds FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttaLs7UylIk
    2011 Medal Ceremony
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNrABXObKps

    2011 Four Continents FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-DO12zKTk0

    2011 US Nationals SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL4colfd-F0
    2011 US Nationals FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WObYjSK6aK0

    2010 NHK SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFHRuhhK9TA
    2010 NHK FD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN6UYLjq4qw

    2010 Skate America SD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWZaQGP42cY
    2010 Skate America FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKanG-LdhtQ

    2009-10
    OD "Itsuka Mata" (Japanese Folk) by Tetsuro Naito, "Ao-ki Kaze" (Japanese Folk) by Ryutaro Kaneko and "Itsuka Mata" (Japanese Folk) by Tetsuro Naito
    FD "Tango Rhapsody" by Luis Enriques Bacalov

    At 2009 JGP Lake Placid, they earned their season' s best total score, 175.95. No videos currently available.

    2009 JGPF OD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5AWRje16MA
    2009 JGPF FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stnsbGSvEuw

    2008-09
    OD Swing dance selections from film scores by composer Paul Englishby
    FD Selections from the film Cinema Paradiso composed by Ennio Morricone

    2009 Junior Worlds FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ONEuW7RxE

    2008 JGP France FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMoZl6Ft0Ko

    2008 JGP Madrid OD. Their season best total scoe, 163.56, was earned at this event.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCFMJwJb8i4
    2008 JGP Madrid CD Starlight Waltz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U7KLsqsHuA

    2008 LPIDC Junior FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDzfUAp4T6k

    2007-08
    OD Sakura variations and taiko drums: "Heartbeat"
    FD Selections from French cinema scores

    They were fourth at US Nationals in their junior debut season
    2008 US Nationals Junior CD Viennese Waltz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kG2vgh2W7A
    2008 US Nationals Junior OD ....with Maia with a fan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfKdH5q7tKQ
    2008 US Nationals Junior FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzIR0VgcWnk

    2007 Sectionals Junior CD Cha Cha Congelado
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjipwFkfIt0

    2006-07
    FD Memoirs of a Geisha by John Williams

    They win US Nationals in Novice!
    2007 US Nationals European Waltz CD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_27DDIwmDk
    2007 US Nationals Novice Paso Doble CD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOwvhu68_SU
    2007 US Nationals Novice FD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McxhneBBB44

    Baby Pictures!!!

    A montage of video clips from Alex and Maia's programs between 2005-2009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiC5Dbz4wVc

    2005 US Junior Championships Intermediates
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAlQSaclu4

    Competitive History

    2015 - World Championships - 5th
    2015 - Four Continents Championships - 3rd
    2015 - U.S. Championships - 2nd
    2014 - Grand Prix Final - 4th
    2014 - Ice Challenge - 1st
    2014 - Cup of China - 2nd
    2014 - Skate America - 2nd
    2014 - Ondrej Nepela Trophy - 1st
    2014 - World Championships - 6th
    2014 - Olympic Winter Games - 9th
    2014 - U.S. Championships - 3rd
    2013 - NHK Trophy - 3rd
    2013 - Skate America - 3rd
    2013 - World Championships - 8th
    2013 - Four Continents Championships - 4th
    2013 - U.S. Championships - 3rd
    2012 - NHK Trophy - 3rd
    2012 - Rostelecom Cup - 4th
    2012 - World Championships - 8th
    2012 - Four Continents Championships - 4th
    2012 - U.S. Championships - 2nd
    2011 - Grand Prix Final - 5th
    2011 - NHK Trophy - 1st
    2011 - Cup of China - 2nd
    2011 - Finlandia Trophy - 2nd
    2011 - World Championships - 3rd
    2011 - Four Continents Championships - 2nd
    2011 - U.S. Championships - 2nd
    2010 - Skate America - 3rd
    2010 - NHK Trophy - 3rd
    2010 - Nebelhorn Trophy - 5th
    2010 - World Junior Championships - 4th
    2010 - U.S. Championships, Junior - 1st
    2009 - Junior Grand Prix Final - 3rd
    2009 - Junior Grand Prix (Croatia) - 1st
    2009 - Junior Grand Prix (United States) - 1st
    2009 - World Junior Championships - 2nd
    2009 - U.S. Championships, Junior - 2nd
    2008 - Junior Grand Prix Final - 4th
    2008 - Junior Grand Prix (Spain) - 2nd
    2008 - Junior Grand Prix (France) - 1st
    2008 - U.S. Championships, Junior - 4th. link is a pdf file
    2008 - Midwestern Sectional, Junior - 3rd
    2007 - U.S. Championships, Novice - 1st Link to pdf file
    2006 - U.S. Junior Championships, Intermediate 1st
    2005 - U.S. Junior Championships, Juvenile - 2nd
    2007 - Midwestern Sectional, Novice - 1st
    2006 - North American Challenge Skate, Novice - 2nd
    2006 - Southwestern Regional, Intermediate - 1st
    2005 - North Atlantic Regional, Juvenile - 1st

    Exhibitions

    2015 Denis Ten's show at Almaty - Clair de lune by Debussy . Not the best definition but it looks lovely.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=976gTlaMx4U

    2015 US Nationals EX O (Fly On) by Coldplay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FReX83934kg

    2014 GPF Gala O (Fly On) by Coldplay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO9Hffi9dFM

    2014 Cup of China EX O (Fly On) by Coldplay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC3TNT9yZ-8

    2014 Skate America- O (Fly On) by Coldplay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eycHYqpoe4

    2014 Worlds Gala I Lived by One Republic
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_cgKiofAbQ

    2013 Four Continents EX. Anything You Can Do, I Can Better. This is a favorite of mine!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwQ53YHuADU

    2012 NHK EX Lost by Michael Bublé
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6ZtNzHQPB4

    2011 Evening With Champions EX The Prayer by Charlotte Church, Josh Groban
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcjVI4JOG1w

    2011 Evening With Champions Finale EX
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ6cAyYwCcI

    2011 Cup of China EX The Prayer by Charlotte Church, Josh Groban
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Jwx7Z9kLg

    2011 Detroit Skating Club Show The Prayer by Charlotte Church, Josh Groban
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ciz1X7pgnl4

    2011 World Championships Gala The Prayer by Charlotte Church, Josh Groban
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcIflveeymA

    2011 Four Continents Gala La Vie En Rose
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRBVx4ehlMo

    2010 Skate America Gala La Vie En Rose
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25bw5SDVsEA

    2010 Nebelhorn Gala La Vie En Rose
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoDuDpyn51U

    2010 Junior Worlds Gala La Vie En Rose
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MvVyDJ8M8A

    2008 JGP France EX Japanese Koto Music
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmSHRinOr0s


    Golden Skate articles and threads



    ARTICLE October 2014 Shibutanis push new boundaries
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2014/10/m...lex-shibutani/

    April 2014 Hawaye k- Baker vs Shibutani - Shibutani vs Hubbell - Donohue
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...ubbell-Donohue

    November 2013 Maia and Alex Shibutani interview on social media
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...n-social-media

    September 2013 Lysacek, Shibutani and Shibutani Withdraw from 2013 U.S. International Classic
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...tional-Classic

    Jan 2013 "Davis and White win fifth consecutive national title in Omaha" Maia and Alex win bronze
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2013/01/d...itle-in-omaha/

    November 2011"Davis and White dominate at 2012 NHK Trophy" Maia and Alex win bronze
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2012/11/d...at-nhk-trophy/

    September 2012 Shibutani blooper video
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...-blooper-video

    Jan 2012 "Davis and White take fourth consecutive title at U.S. Nationals" Maia and Alex win silver
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2012/01/d...u-s-nationals/
    Jan 2012 "Davis and White lead in ice dance at U.S. Nationals"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2012/01/d...u-s-nationals/

    ARTICLE Nov 2011 Shibutani and Shibutani capture ice dance gold at NHK Trophy
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2011/11/nhk-free-dance/
    Article Nov 2011 "Ilinykh and Katsalapov grab lead in short dance at NHK Trophy" Maia and Alex third in SD
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2011/11/i...at-nhk-trophy/

    Article Nov 2011 "Bobrova and Soloviev golden at Cup of China" Maia and Alex earn silver
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2011/11/b...-cup-of-china/

    October 2011 The Shibutani article on ESPN
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...rticle-on-ESPN

    April 2011 "Davis and White Capture World Title" Maia and Alex nab bronze
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2011/04/d...e-world-title/

    March 2011Will the Shibutani's Get A Top 6 Finish in World Debut
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...in-World-Debut

    February 2011 Who Fell in love with the Shibutani's (fan thread)
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...s-(fan-thread)

    May 2010 Alex Shibutani
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...Alex-Shibutani

    ARTICLE June 2010 Shibutanis make move to the big leagues
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/06/s...e-big-leagues/

    Article Jan. 2010 "Shibutanis win in Spokane – Again"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/01/s...spokane-again/
    Article Jan 2010 "Shibutanis increase lead in strong field of dancers"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/01/s...ld-of-dancers/
    Article Jan 2010 "Shibutanis tango to the lead"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/01/s...o-to-the-lead/

    Article Nov 2009 "2009-10 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating Preview"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2009/11/2...igure-skating/

    November 2008 Maia & Alex Shibutani Article
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...butani-Article

    Article Jan 2007. "2007 US Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Highlights"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2007/01/2...ce-highlights/


    Articles and Other Media

    2008 Shibutanis Thriving in Canton, Michigan
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    2009 Alex and Maia are interviewed at Lake Placid IDC
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5PiF6ZRi6Q

    2011 Skating Friends Support Japan After the Earthquake
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZqC7Z7il9c

    2011 Interview after they won the bronze medal at Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhD4a5pYQ8I

    2011 Worlds Press conference
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlQ274hI9Po

    2011 Interview After the Short Dance at Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly_7GPSjpUI

    2011 Video- The Shibutanis Discuss Their Short Dance at Champs Camp
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T906SQ_Tys

    2011 ESPN article Alex and Maia Shibutani Make Ice Dancing Family Business
    http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commen...amily-business

    2012 ESPN SHIBUTANIS TRY ICE DANCING WITH THE STARS
    http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commen...is-making-work

    2014 "Lifts elevate Chock, Bates to gold over Shibutanis-U.S. ice dance teams place one-two at Grand Prix event for first time ever"
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/...ver-shibutanis

    2014 "Team USA wins three disciplines at Ice Challenge-Miller rallies to take ladies title; Razzano wins gold; Shibutanis top dance"
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/...ice-challenege

    2014 "Shibutanis taking it easy during holiday season"
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/...holiday-season

    2015 "Chock, Bates ring in new era with ice dance gold-Shibutanis second; " 2015 US Nationals
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/...ice-dance-gold

    2015 "Chock, Bates take slight lead over Shibutanis" 2015 US Nationals
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/...ver-shibutanis

    2015 "Shpilband believes gold within Chock, Bates' reach-Shibutanis ride momentum from Four Continents"
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/...ck-bates-reach
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 07-04-2015 at 04:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornell08 View Post
    I wanted to start a thread for Alex and Maia's upcoming (hopefully rebound) season. There have been many posts about how as siblings their music choices are limited but I actually feel like they could use that to venture into music we haven't seen interpreted yet. As they are a team with particularly smart genes I would love to see them create something a bit more intellectual. I would love to see them interpret something from a movement, like Simon & Garfunkel's "the Boxer" or "America". Or even something from Bob Dylan or Joan Baez. Ice dance has traditionally been all about pathos but why shouldn't ethos have a moment in the spotlight as well? Good luck to Alex and Maia this season!

    Edit: I'm sure they've already picked and learned both programs but I guess the music part is more what I hope we see from them.
    I know it's overdone in singles, but perhaps they can interpret "Rhapsody in Bleu" by Gershwin.

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    I do not think Gershwin would be a smart move. It will be along the same lines as their programs from the last two seasons- redoing the same thing over and over again. Sun Valley Serenade was from the 1940s, Smile from the 30s, and Rhapsody in Blue is from the 20s. They need something new, not music from the beginning of the 20th century for three whole seasons.
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    From the Shibutanis' Facebook page today:
    "We are excited to announce that we will be performing in the Saturday Night Ice Show in Lake Placid, New York on June 23rd, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Hope to see some of you there!"

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    I have no suggestions on music but I love this couple. TheirWC bronze in 2010 (or was it 2011) made be so happy because I thought how classicly they danced, and that I was watching pure skating at it's highest level. My taste apparently was in accord with Ms Bezic who said "Ice dancing-skating-doesn't get much better than this." I wish them well, and while it seems it would take a retirement to get out from under the top two Canton teams, a royal shakeup would be fun. I don't think they are limited, as there is a world of music to choose from that does not have a romantic or sexual theme. Nice thread for a gorgeous team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornell08 View Post
    I wanted to start a thread for Alex and Maia's upcoming (hopefully rebound) season. There have been many posts about how as siblings their music choices are limited but I actually feel like they could use that to venture into music we haven't seen interpreted yet. As they are a team with particularly smart genes I would love to see them create something a bit more intellectual. I would love to see them interpret something from a movement, like Simon & Garfunkel's "the Boxer" or "America". Or even something from Bob Dylan or Joan Baez. Ice dance has traditionally been all about pathos but why shouldn't ethos have a moment in the spotlight as well? Good luck to Alex and Maia this season!

    Edit: I'm sure they've already picked and learned both programs but I guess the music part is more what I hope we see from them.
    Well, it's pretty well-documented that I'm a major Shibs fan, but it's not without merit. I find it interesting that they have disappeared from all prospects of medaling or even being the top 5 ever again because of their subpar finish at Worlds. I wouldn't count them out so easily. As I've said in past threads, I think they will bounce back because they are a hard working team. That work ethic has been instilled in them since they were kids — Johnny Weir noted during their National ex that he remembers them putting in extra rink time in NYC when they were at the juvenile and intermediate level.

    All things considered, this wasn't a terrible season for them. They won their first GP, got a silver medal in their second one and got into the GPF. They won their second silver medal at National quite easily. The down times, unfortunately came at the big events — 4CC and Worlds. And knowing what we know now about S/Z, I can't help but wonder if somehow the tensions affected their training (along with Alex getting sick at 4CC?)

    Anyway, I'm hoping for a better season from them and that they prove their critics wrong. I do agree that they will probably need to veer away from the jazz standards they've done in the last two seasons. I really liked their Cinema Paradiso program from the 2008-2009 season — I think something like that would be wonderful.

    They are a fun-loving pair with a great sense of humor, it would be cool if they did a program that reflected that. I put something out there--how about Blues Brothers? Of course that would require Maia to cross-dress a bit, but hey wouldn't that help break the meme that everyone keeps putting on them?

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    Blues Brothers would be fun if Maia cross dressed but its probably still too close to the jazz pieces they've done these couple seasons. I'm more of a folk rock fan-- there's just such a rich variety to choose from, I'm honestly surprised skaters haven't really delved into that genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    I wouldn't count them out so easily. As I've said in past threads, I think they will bounce back because they are a hard working team.
    Though I always admire the hard work of skaters I'd like to point out that it's not all. And Sh/Sh had a lot they need to improve to get on Worlds podium again that has nothing to with how much time they spend on the ice. They need other programs - something that is not "cute little youthful dance". i.e. something less cutesy. And they need other facial expressions on the ice except "sunny smiles".
    That's being said I generally doesn't find the concept of the siblings ice teams appealing and Shibs are no exception.

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    So you are saying you are biased against them, Redstone?

    As for the Shibs, if they can get their technical level back to where it was before Alex was sick at 4CC (their levels were low at 4C and Worlds and they made errors at Worlds probably because their training time was affected), I would never count them out.

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    I think the Shibs are awesome - albeit still young! I hope they stay together and keep maturing in their skating. It doesn't bother me at all to watch siblings skate together but I do agree with Redstone about the "cute little youthful dance!" I would like to see them skate to something serious and mature. Maia is a beautiful young woman and Alex is a handsome young man. Whatever their music is this year I hope it reflects beauty and maturity. I certainly haven't given up on them and look forward to seeing them compete this year.

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    With their technical abilities they could try something like Riverdance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    So you are saying you are biased against them, Redstone?

    As for the Shibs, if they can get their technical level back to where it was before Alex was sick at 4CC (their levels were low at 4C and Worlds and they made errors at Worlds probably because their training time was affected), I would never count them out.
    I spoke to their parents at 4Cs and they told me how hard the kids worked on their SD - sometimes until midnight. That extra work plus school obviously affected their performances at 4Cs since it was shortly after the US Nationals and Alex got sick. BTW Alex never mentioned that he was feeling poorly. They probably have the quietest blades in skating today, so I am sure they can stage a "comeback" this season. I agree that they need to stay away from the Gershwin tunes for awhile. I like classical for them this season. Not sure they are ready to go "out of the choreo box" yet as I think they need to reestablish their great technical skills.

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    Since they're fun-loving, perhaps they could do something silly yet technical--along the lines of the Addams Family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    From the Shibutanis' Facebook page today:
    "We are excited to announce that we will be performing in the Saturday Night Ice Show in Lake Placid, New York on June 23rd, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Hope to see some of you there!"
    It's so exciting that this summer they are getting so many show offers! Even more experience getting out there and performing...and it's like they are really being recognized on a wider scale. I can't wait to see them at THE ICE especially in July, what a treat for them and us fans

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100yen View Post
    It's so exciting that this summer they are getting so many show offers! Even more experience getting out there and performing...and it's like they are really being recognized on a wider scale. I can't wait to see them at THE ICE especially in July, what a treat for them and us fans
    That's an interesting point 100yen.

    I think the Shibs are to Ice Dance what Rachael Flatt is to ladies. Both seem to garner a lot of haters on figure skating boards (though I would say the Shibs don't get as much grief as Rach does), but when you look outside those boards, it's clear that both have a solid fan base and respect from the industry as a whole. I think the fact they get invited to shows is indicative of this.


    Though I always admire the hard work of skaters I'd like to point out that it's not all. And Sh/Sh had a lot they need to improve to get on Worlds podium again that has nothing to with how much time they spend on the ice. They need other programs - something that is not "cute little youthful dance". i.e. something less cutesy. And they need other facial expressions on the ice except "sunny smiles".
    That's being said I generally doesn't find the concept of the siblings ice teams appealing and Shibs are no exception.
    Of course work ethic isn't the be-all-end-all. But it will be a factor to their future success. Who says that they haven't heard this feedback regarding programs? They reworked the SD all season long because of negative feedback from judges -- as KKonas points out they worked late hours to do so. How many times have we talked on these boards about skaters who have all the talent — and great programs — to only be hampered by a lack of work ethic? I think the Shibs are in a much easier position to improve because of a solid work ethic.
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