|Maia Shibutani Quick Info
|5 ft 3 in
|Date of Birth
|July 20, 1994
Maia Shibutani is an American ice dancer who is partnered with her older brother Alex Shibutani. She has built an outstanding reputation in the ice dancing and figure skating industry with the list of achievements and awards she had won in her entire ice dancing career. Some of the top awards she brought home with Alex were the Olympic bronze medal from the 2018 Olympic, 3 World medals from the years 2011, 2016, and 2017, and for being hailed as the 2016 Four Continents champion and for holding the title as the U.S. national champion for the years 2016 and 2017. Maia and Alex have also been members of the US Olympic team and have competed at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. They were hailed as the first ice dancers of Asian descent to win a medal from the Olympics after bringing home a bronze medal from both figure skating and individual ice dancing event.
Maia Harumi Shibutani
New York City, New York, United States
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
She went to Greenwich Academy situated in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1998. From 2005 to 2007, she was homeschooled and lived in Colorado Springs. Shibutani graduated from Huron High School in 2012 and later went to the University of Michigan during fall of the same year.
- Father – Chris Shibutani (Harvard Musician)
- Mother – Naomi Uyemura (Harvard Musician)
- Siblings – Alex Shibutani (Older Brother) (Ice Dancer)
She self-manages herself.
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
52 kg or 114.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Japanese descent.
- Monolid Eye
- Plump Lips
Maia Shibutani has endorsed brands such as –
- Surratt Beauty
- Ralph Lauren
- Polo Ralph Lauren
Best Known For
- Her array of achievements and contributions in both the ice dancing and figure skating category alongside her partner and biological brother, Alex Shibutani
- Winning multiple ice dancing competitions and championships including the Olympics, World Championships, and Winter Olympics
First TV Show
In 2014, Maia Shibutani made her first TV show appearance as ‘Herself’ on Access Hollywood.
Given her fit, slender, and healthy-looking shape, it seems as though Maia Shibutani really never settles for less when it comes to her fitness goals and diet routines. Looking at her Instagram profile, she tends to often share random video snippets where she can be seen working out at a gym.
For figure skaters and ice dancers like Shibutani who need to get full control and balance of the body and movements, training and strengthening of the leg and arm muscles are 2 of the most important workout parameters that must be off the checklist. In a report published in 2018, Shibutani was seen doing one of her workout routines by going back and forth on top of a slide board, a type of exercise that’s usually executed to improve muscle strength.
This type of exercise was further explained by Raphael Konforti, a certified personal trainer, stating that the slide board workout is a must-have for figure skaters and ice dancers like Shibutani as it challenges the body to move laterally and also helps with making quick movements in all directions on the ice.
On Shibutani’s end, in an interview, when being asked about her biggest workout tip for non-athletes, she revealed that the best workout is finding a “workout that you genuinely enjoy”. She further added that while it’s not hard to follow fitness routines, it’s best to always choose what works for you and what you actually enjoy doing as it adds and creates motivation, fueling the excitement to workout and train more.
Maia Shibutani Favorite Things
- Pets – Dogs
Source – Instagram
Maia Shibutani Facts
- Both of her parents are Harvard musicians. Her father played the flute and her mom was a concert pianist.
- She started to have an interest in skating before her brother. It started when her mother started playing some kind of music at their first home in Boston.
- Her father was the first person to take her on the ice.
- She started figure skating at the age of 4.
- Maia originally trained as a single skater and was first taught by professional figure skating coach Slavka Kohout Button.
- She first teamed up with her brother Alex Shibutani as ice dance partners in the spring of 2004. They were first trained and coached by Andy Stroukoff and Susie Kelley.
- Maia and Alex’s first free dance program was choreographed by Josh Babb.
- They had their first competition during the 2004-2005 season where they competed on the juvenile level, the lowest level in the U.S. Figure Skating testing structure, and won.
- At the 2017 World Championship held in Helsinki, Finland, the Shibutani siblings were ranked 5th in the short dance and 4th in the free dance, which placed them at 3rd for the overall ranking.
- As of August 2019, the Shibutani siblings have won 6 titles on the Grand Prix series and stood on the podium at 14 consecutive U.S. Championships at 5 levels including 8 as seniors.
- The Shibutani siblings were the only members of the U.S. delegation to earn a medal in a pre-Olympic World championship.
- On May 12, 2012, they were invited as athlete ambassadors by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton to attend a dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
- Maia and her brother Alex created a YouTube channel called ShibSibs on May 17, 2012, which has already accumulated more than 200k subscribers with more than 11.5 million combined views.
- In December 2019, Maia underwent kidney surgery to had her tumor removed.
- Connect with Maia Shibutani on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
Featured Image by Maia Shibutani / Instagram