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Olympic Siblings Raise Over $26,000 to Give PPE to Front Line Workers

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Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani launched a GoFundMe Charity with GetUsPPE to address the declining personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Shib Sibs”, who share five Olympic medals, raised almost $27,000 out of their $30,000 goal since launching their campaign on April 2. The siblings said they both donated $1,000 each and extended their initial goal of $10,000 to $30,000 due to the positive response.

Harry Shum Jr., Shibutani Siblings Buy Out Theaters to Support John Cho’s ‘Searching’

“Crazy Rich Asians” actor Harry Shum Jr. and Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani bought out theaters in support of “Searching,” a hyper-modern thriller starring “Star Trek” alumnus John Cho.

Directed by Aneesh Chaganty, “Searching” revolves around David Kim’s (John Cho) quest to find his missing teenage daughter, Margot (Michelle La), through digital footprints left in her laptop.

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

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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. 😎 pic.twitter.com/aa3UHjySXW

Asian American Olympians Reveal Their Struggles With Asian Identity Growing Up

The success of Asian American athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has also shed light on the unique struggles many of them face when it comes to racial identity.

Beyond the challenges of training, competitions, and other physical demands of chasing the Olympic dream, these young athletes also rise above prejudice, just as they are coming to terms with their sense of belonging between Asian and American cultures.

In a heartfelt post after winning their medal, Alex Shibutani wrote that when he and his sister Maia Shibutani were starting, others looked at them as “different.”

“Throughout our career (14 years and counting), we have had to, and will continue to push past stereotypes, labels, doubters, and cynics,” he tweeted.

Vincent Zhou, highly touted as the future of men’s figure skating, also had to deal with some ignorant troll questioning his citizenship on Twitter just days before his Olympic ticket announcement.

Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old rising snowboarding star, is also no stranger to such encounters. At a press conference in September, Chloe shared that she would occasionally get the “No, where are you really from?” response after saying she’s from “Los Angeles.” Brought to the spotlight, they are often forced to answer impertinent questions about their race and identity. “Do you identify pretty strongly with both cultures?” a journalist asked Chloe. “I always get that question; it’s never my first answer to say that I’m from Korea or, like, ‘I’m Korean,'” Chloe replied. “It’s always, like, ‘I’m American.’ Like, I feel like I’m pretty—what do they call it, ‘Twinkies’?” A Twinkie is a term used, often pejoratively, to describe a person who might be “yellow” on the outside but White on the inside. Kristi Yamaguchi, who is Japanese-American, told Bleacher Report, “I totally get where Chloe is coming from when she said, ‘I see myself as a Twinkie.’ It’s not because she doesn’t see herself as Asian. I think it’s not necessarily seeing yourself as White. It’s just identifying as American.” Her statement has since been recorded, published, interpreted and scrutinized for public consumption. While they are indeed bestowed with gargantuan expectations of representing the country, they are also young athletes fulfilling their dreams at an age most are still in the process of recognizing who they are. With such supportive parents, these young athletes will undoubtedly do alright on their own terms. “I think my parents felt us being a minority a little bit more than I did, and they tried to shelter me from that so I didn’t feel it at all,” Nathan Chen said in an interview with Team USA last year. Proud of his heritage, Chen expressed his appreciation for the sport that has welcomed Asian Americans with open arms. “As I got older, there were more and more Asian kids at [skating] competitions that I was going to – that felt cool to me.”

Feature Image (left) via Instagram/alexshibutani,  (right) via Instagram/chloekimsnow

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

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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.

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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.