Their exhibition at 4CC's 2013
Long interview with Maia & Alex about their Olympic year programs and about skating in general
Last edited by dorispulaski; 09-30-2013 at 12:10 AM.
At the Team USA Media Summit going on now, GOOGLE has certainly identified Maia and Alex as stand outs for their exceptional Social Media presence including their YouTube channel. (There was a technical glitch the first time they started where the video cut out so they had to do a restart)
Google Hang Out with Maia, Alex and special guest David Boudia. Such quality athletes and people. Enjoyable to see their interaction. Hopefully this will post to YouTube, but for now, can watch through the TeamUSA link.
Click here to view the Google Hangout interview with Maia & Alex Shibutani and Olympic champion diver David Boudia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAREGb_bQv8 …
8:54 AM - 1 Oct 13
The YouTube video is 24:45 in length.
Didn't think asking how close they are would make sibs @AlexShibutani & @MaiaShibutani cry. Sorry about that, kids. @USOlympic #MediaSummit
12:01 PM - 1 Oct 13
And the thought of their tears is making me cry ... .
They have definitely been there for each other through the thick and thin. Cup of Russia last season was another difficult competition for them. Alex has had so many health issues during the past 2 seasons which seem underappreciated. It has obviously made it difficult for them to train and put out the kind of performances that they have wanted. In her commentary for Worlds, Tanith made it clear that injuries have made it even more difficult for them to handle what was already unprecedented pressure on them coming off of a worlds medal during their first season at only 16 and 19 years of age.
They both show themselves to be genuine and so poised. The question put to them amidst all the Olympics surroundings must have made them exchange one of those knowing sibling looks that family members share when thinking about the same thought tied to emotional moments.
They are great kids. Looking forward to watching their programs at Skate America. Wish I could have seen them live in SLC.
Alex Shibutani had NBA dreams before becoming elite skater
5:52 PM, October 2, 2013
ETA, another on-ice photo of them -- looking fierce in costume (for Michael Jackson FS, I think). From International Figure Skating.
I am a bit hesitant to post anything about the hateful, wrongful and in my opinion potentially libelous comments that were made by Jenny Kirk and David Lease about Maia and Alex as this is their FAN thread and meant to be a home for positive comments and support. BUT it is just too strange to me and very ironic that Kirk and Lease even chose them to be one of their targets. TSL often complains that skaters do not present their true personalities, and in my opinion, Maia and Alex DO in fact share their personalities.
Their written blogs are amongst the most thoughtfully written pieces amongst any of the skaters of this "online" generation. The way they wrote the Washington DC blog made the reader feel like they were with them at the event, from initial nervousness at even being there, to embarrassing finger food moments, to genuine warmth in meeting dignitaries, to the picture taking panic
Their youtube channel is also such a unique way to show their personalities and who they are as people. They seem to have fun sharing their experiences with skaters from all over the world. They seem especially close with some of the skaters they have "grown up with" like Ross and Adam, but seem to get along with just about everybody. I especially enjoy the kinship they seem to have with Meryl and Charlie, who I also admire.
Probably the biggest thing which puzzles me is why they are picking on the Michael Jackson program. They have not even seen it yet and they are already announcing to the world that it is "childish" and "a giant mistake." The music announcement posted to their website is one of the most complete and thoughtfully written pieces by any skater. They thought about the context for the program. They acknowledged the competitive struggles they have had in the recent past. They chose and arranged their music giving consideration to the IJS rules. They got musicians to do a completely original recording! They also did what they always do, and that is go to the best possible source of expertise to help them. The dancers and choreographers they worked with this season worked with Michael Jackson himself.
While we still need to see the programs, I don't see the basis for concluding that they have made a giant mistake. I see giant effort. I wish them well.
Icenetwork has updated Maia & Alex's bio
Their current program info isn't listed yet though.
2013-14 SEASON NOTES
SD Music: Michael Bublé medley
FD Music: Michael Jackson medley
The archived program notes are in a separate section and listed before their competitive history.
I hate the new site design, I must say.
Maia and Alex did a cute promo video for Skate America. Includes Meryl, Charlie and Charlie's laugh.
2013 Hilton Honors Skate America Promo
They are touching on all the genres aren't they
Music Videos. My favorite is "Call Me Maybe"
Reality TV drama "Skates to Plates" with Brian Boitano and Ross Miner
Silent Foreign Film "Wish you were real" with Javier Fernandez
And now commercials!
The ShibSibs are on TUMBLR! They launched Tumblr and Twitter accounts using their ShibSibs profile.
The Tumblr has has a hilarious spoof interview with Tara Lipinski called SHIB SHOW. Yes, really, Tara Lipinski! Really funny.