Monday, December 27, 2010

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 26 Days!

Maia & Alex Shibutani (Arctic FSC)

  • 2007 US Novice Champions
  • 2009 US Junior Silver Medalists
  • 2009 Junior World Silver Medalists
  • 2010 US Junior Champions
  • 2010 NHK Trophy Bronze Medalists
  • 2010 Skate America Bronze Medalists

The Shibutanis made their senior Grand Prix debut this season and came in with a bang! They became the first dance team ever to medal in both events of their senior debut season. They will enter their first senior US Nationals coming off of a win on the Junior level. Not only do they have good momentum, but based on their scores this season they are favorites for the podium. They won't catch Davis & White but their Grand Prix scores were slightly higher than those of the next best American team, Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein, making them favorites for silver at Nationals. Interestingly enough, all three of these top American teams are coached by Marina Zoueva & Igor Shpilband. This may be the first time in history that all three teams on the podium work under the same coaches, that is if no major upsets occur. 

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