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12-Year-Old Becomes Youngest to Ever Land a Triple Axel at International Competition

Alysa Liu, a 12-year-old figure skater, is one of only three U.S. women to ever land the difficult skating move known as a triple axel in an international competition.

Liu, from Richmond, California joins Tonya Harding and Mirai Nagasu as the only women to ever land a triple axel at an international competition when she pulled the move at the Asian Open in Bangkok, Thailand under the advanced novice women’s division last Thursday.

The ShibSibs Capture Another Medal For Team U.S.A With Emotional Performance

Maia Alex Shibutani

The amazing Shib Sibs — Maia and Alex Shibutani — have done it again; they’ve taken bronze for Team USA in the ice dance competition on Tuesday.

Maia Alex Shibutani

With a strong free skate score of 192.59, the talented Japanese-American siblings snagged a bronze medal in the ice dance event at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The Shiblings executed a near-flawless program to “Paradise” by Coldplay, earning their second Olympic medal to add to their earlier team bronze win.

That’s two #bronze medals for @MaiaShibutani & @AlexShibutani at the 2018 #WinterOlympics! Major sibling goals. 😎

Alex Shibutani’s Instagram Post on Being a Successful Asian Hits Too Close to Home

Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani recently helped Team USA secure the Bronze Medal with their stellar performance on Sunday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

It was a dream that the pair had been working hard for since they first began training for figure skating competitions some 14 years ago.

Last week, Alex shared a short video tribute to their mother, which he said he started making in 2016.

Then, after their historic win on Sunday, Alex shared an emotional post on Instagram and Twitter describing how he and his sister managed to traverse their Olympic journey despite other people viewing them as “different”.

A post shared by Alex Shibutani (@alexshibutani) on Feb 12, 2018 at 5:12pm PST

Meet the Figure Skating Siblings Everyone is Crushing on at the Olympics

Shibutani Siblings

Japanese-American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani are the figure skating duo who are winning over hearts at the 2018 Winter Olympics representing Team America.

Fondly referred to as the Shib Sibs by their fans, the talented pair has become an instant hit after their electrifying performance on Sunday.

Finishing second in the short dance category of the figure skating team competition and earning bronze for Team USA, the Shibutani siblings set social media ablaze, with netizens expressing their support and admiration.

Shibutani Siblings

While the world is just starting to appreciate the siblings, Alex and Maia, 26 and 23 respectively, have been an ice-dancing duo for over a decade now. According to Time, it was Maia who first started skating as a kid, and eventually got her brother into it too. When they began skating together as partners in 2004, the siblings caught the attention of former Olympians Susan Kelley and Andrew Stroukoff,  who competed as a pair in the 1976 Olympic ice dance competition. After finishing second at the juvenile nationals that year, they moved to Colorado Springs to begin training with an Olympic-level coach. Since then, they have been developing their skills and winning competitions all over the world. At the senior level, the Shiblings have won a medal at every national championship since 2011, earning two golds, three silvers, and two bronzes so far. They also made history as the first U.S. ice dance team to win a medal in their world championship debut by capturing a bronze in 2011. In their Olympics debut in Sochi in 2014, they finished ninth. Their chemistry as brother and sister is evident not only when they are performing on ice but also in their YouTube videos where they occasionally share interesting stuff about their lives.

Mirai Nagasu Becomes the First American Woman to Land a Triple Axel at the Olympics

Japanese-American figure skater Mirai Nagasu just made history for Team America at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Sunday night by being the first American woman to ever land a triple axel at the Olympics. 

“HOLY COW!” You just witnessed a historic triple axel from Mirai Nagasu. #WinterOlympics