Detroit Free Press article today about the Shibutanis:
Jeff Seidel: Shibutani siblings put on behind-the-scenes show for fans on YouTube
Excerpt about their skating:
Even though it seems as if the Shibutanis have been around forever, they are still young.
Alex is 21, Maia 18.
"People have literally watched us grow up," Alex said. "We've been thrilled with our success over the years."
They continue to grow, as athletes and artists. Alex has packed on 15 pounds of muscle since March and weighs 165.
"I think everyone has taken notice of how much Alex has changed in the past year," Maia said. "It's helped our skating and our lifting ability and our overall presence on the ice."
The ShibSibs are in third place at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and the free dance is today.
But in the big picture, in their long-term plan, they are more concerned with their development than how they might finish in any given competition.
"I think we have grown so much," Alex said. "I think we are showing a lot more maturity. It's a real natural path."
They don't plan to make a video this weekend. Then again, you never know. "I brought one camera," Alex said, "just in case something happens."