Maia Shibutani Stops by the WSF Headquarters in NYC from Women’s Sports Foundation on Vimeo.
Coming off a recent silver medal victory at the 2016 ISU Figure Skating World Championships, Maia Shibutani and her brother Alex Shibutani paid a visit to the Women’s Sports Foundation headquarters in NYC. Maia is a two-time Travel & Training Fund recipient from 2012 and 2014. She and her brother Alex began skating at the ages of four and seven, respectively, and picked up ice dancing five years later. They are a unique duo as they skate together in the sport of ice-dancing, as one of the few sibling pairs.
Maia and Alex, also known at the ShibSibs from their popular YouTube channel, have medaled at the US National championships for 11 consecutive years, at every level and every year that they have competed and are two-time World Medalists. They also participated in their first Olympic Games in 2014 in Sochi with Team USA and are currently working towards their goal of competing again at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
We had the tremendous pleasure of sitting down with Maia and hearing firsthand how the WSF Travel & Training Fund grant has helped her continue to achieve success on the ice, what it is like to skate as a sibling pair, and much more.