The Shib Sibs have returned for the 2018 Winter Olympics!
Alex and Maia Shibutani, who are brother and sister, were breakout stars of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Now, they’ve set their eyes on the top spot at the PyeongChang Games.
The 23-year-old Maia told People, “We feel really good and excited heading into our second Olympic games.” She said, “We learned so much from our first experience in Sochi. It inspired us a lot, but since then our career has really taken off.”
The sibling duo managed to finish ninth in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. But the 26-year-old Alex told the publication that they left the Games even more focused than ever.
Maia told People, “We came away incredibly motivated.” She continued, “We knew that our goals and our sights were set on 2018 and that gave us four years to develop our craft and really grow as people.”
She added, “We focused on a lot of the work on the ice, but then we also just took our skating to a whole other level by reaching outside of our lane and really collaborating with incredible people.”
The pair is all set to perform a free dance to Coldplay’s “Paradise” along with performing Cumba numbers and Mambo. Paradise is a nod to Shib Siblings headline-making number to the hit single “Fix You” performed at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last year.
Alex said of the victory, “That was at a moment in our career when we really needed to find ourselves.” He said, “It’s nice to be back to Coldplay, but we’re doing it in a completely different way.”
Alex told People, “We often get asked is it harder to be a brother and sister in ice dance and there are always challenges but I think that what sets us apart makes us unique.”