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Maia, Alex Shibutani make history of their own in PyeongChang

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in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Maddie Meyer

Maia and Alex Shibutani officially formed a dance team in 2004, but their history together starts long before that.

Maia started skating at age 4 and, once Alex saw how much fun she was having, he joined her in the ice soon after. They were inspired to take up ice dance after attending the 2003 World Championships. They moved once to Colorado Springs and again to Michigan for better training opportunities.

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While Virtue and Moir won their fifth Olympic medal, the Shibutanis won their second. The brothers-sister team contributed both short and free dance phases to the team event, helping the U.S. squad to a bronze medal earlier in the Games.

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The Shibutanis overcame a 0.02-point deficit to capture the bronze medal in the dance event. Doing so meant several historical points for the teammates.

The Shibutanis became the first U.S. siblings to win an Olympic ice dance medal. The only other occurrence of siblings winning ice dance medals together happened in 1992, when France’s Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay claimed silver.

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