Three Ann Arbor figure skaters are set to take Olympic ice tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 18. Evan Bates, Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani, all Huron High School graduates, will be going for gold in Ice Dance.
Bates, a three-time Olympian, graduated from Huron in 2007 and completed his degree in Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan in 2013. He placed 8th 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.
Alex and Maia Shibutani or, the ShibSibs as their fans affectionately call them, are a brother-sister duo that have taken the ice by storm. They’re already sporting Olympic bronze medals as part of the team competition that took place last week in Pyeongchang.
In addition to their bronze team hardware, the pair is looking to upset favorites, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue of Canada, for gold in the individual ice dance competition.
This is their second trip to the Olympics, the duo placed 9th 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
Tune in to NBC tomorrow night between 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. for the Ice Dance short program and then Monday, Feb. 19, between 8-11:30 p.m. for the gold medal final with the free skate.