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Figure Skating "ShibSibs" Make Olympic Debut

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    Siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani compete in the short dance program in Sochi.

    Siblings and former Greenwich residents Alex and Maia Shibutani made their Olympic debut in Sochi on Sunday.

    With a score of 64.47 in the ice dancing short dance program, the brother and sister team are poised in ninth place going into the free skate competition.

    Fellow Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White broke their own world record with a score of 78.89, taking the lead.

    Maia, 19, and Alex, 22, now reside in the Midwest, but have lived and trained in Greenwich. The “ShibSibs” got their figure skating start in Old Greenwich in 1998, according to the Web site for the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

    The siblings first competed individually but found their niche in ice dancing following the 2003 ISU World Championships in Washington, D.C.

    Two years later, they began competing together and have since won medals in the U.S. Junior Championships, World Junior Figure Skating Championships and U.S. Championships.

    The "ShibSibs" share a YouTube channel and spend their free time uploading fun and quirky videos.

    They'll take the ice again Monday in the free skate.