Congratulations are in order for Alex and Maia Shibutani who skated to “Paradise” last night, literally. With a flawless free skate to Coldplay’s hit song, the ShibSibs achieved a dream they’ve sought after for years, winning an Olympic medal in the individual competition.
The brother-sister duo finished third and will leave Pyeongchang with two bronze medals, after winning one in the team competition earlier in the games as well.
The duo was bested only by Canadian favorites, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who took home gold and Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the pair from France, who placed second.
This is the ShibSibs second trip to the Olympics, the duo placed ninth in Sochi. Their accolades also include a bronze at last year’s World Championship and a silver in 2016, along with medals at 13-straight U.S. Championships.
Alex graduated from Huron High School in 2009 and Maia in 2012 and both attend U of M. The siblings proudly vlog their skating experiences. Check out the ShibSibs YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ShibSibs
Ann Arbor native Evan Bates and partner Madison Chock (Novi) fell to ninth place after a devastating trip in the free skate final. The pair was in seventh after the first-round short program.
Bates, a three-time Olympian, graduated from Huron High School in 2007 and completed his degree in Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan in 2013. He placed eighth with current partner, Madison Chock (Novi), at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. He left Vancouver in 11th place in 2010 with his former partner, Emily Samuelson.
Together, Bates and Chock have medaled twice at the World Championships with a bronze in 2016 and a silver in 2015. The pair placed fifth at last year’s ISU Grand Prix Finals.