Maia and Alex Shibutani get invite to Official State Dinner for Japanese PM

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  1. Visaliakid

    Visaliakid Well-Known Member

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    Tweets late yesterday from both Maia and Alex announced that they have been invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to attend the Official State Dinner at the White House tonight to honor the visit of Japan's Prime Minister.

  2. skatesindreams

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    What a wonderful opportunity; and great honor for them!
    An experience to be treasured.
  3. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    I'm sure it will be a wonderful experience, and I'm sure their parents are thrilled for them and very proud. I'm eager to see what Maia wears. Her clothes are always exquisite and tasteful.
  4. Beefcake

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    Did Hillary text the invitation? :p


    But, seriously -- great opportunity for the Shibs! :)
  5. ponta1

    ponta1 New Member

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    I agree with you about Maia--she always looks good!
  6. skipaway

    skipaway Well-Known Member

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    Maybe we can catch their entrance. CSPAN sometimes shows the State Dinners.
  7. Mathman

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    I wonder if Prime Minister Noda will try to talk them into skating for Japan in the team event at Sochi? :)
  8. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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  9. kittyjake5

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    Good for Maia and Alex, they must be so excited. I hope we get to see photos!
  10. Doubletoe

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    I wonder how Chris and Cathy Reed feel about this?
  11. Sparks

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    The Reeds are not American citizens of Japanese heritage.
    There is no slight to them
  12. Capella

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    Actually, I think they are. Their mom is from Japan, but their father is American. (Although I don't know if Cathy & Chris had to give up their U.S. citizenship to skate in the Olympics in Vancouver.)

    Anyway, back to the topic: go Maia and Alex!!!
  13. NarumiAyane

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    Cathy did prior to Vancouver as she turned 22 in 2009, but Chris relinquished his last year
  14. AxelAnnie

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    Wow, how exciting for them. Who is the FS fan that put out the invite?
  15. inthemiddle

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    My guess is Mrs. Clinton. We know she enjoyed Yuna skate at the olympics. They exchanged some letters that were made public. Also Michelle and Evan are employed by Secretary of State.:rollin:
  16. leapfrogonice

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    This is a very impressive honor.

    My sister-in-law, who works for the State Department thinks that an invitation to such an important event is a high profile "nod" that they have made a very positive impression at various levels, not just for their athletic talents but off-ice qualities as well. Someday, they could be well suited to follow in the footsteps of Michelle and Evan as ambassadors for the sport. The more quality skating ambassadors the better in my opinion!

    Maia is lovely. Always so elegantly turned out. Beyond Hillary Clinton and the State department, Maia captured the notice of Teen Vogue as well.

    http://www.maiaandalex.com/maia-featured-on-teen-vogue/

    I'm sure they are doing a fine job representing the sport. Hoping to see pictures! :)
  17. sassybuford

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    I know this is nit-picky, but this is a dinner by the Department of State. It is not an official State Dinner, as those are hosted by heads of state, ie, the President of the United States.

    It's an amazing honor for the Shibs nevertheless.
  18. ~tapdancer~

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    A very nice honor for Maia and Alex. Congrats to them and I hope they have a fantastic time!
  19. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Very happy for the Shiblings. :cheer2:
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  20. paskatefan

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    What a nice honor for the Shibs! :encore:
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    Invite for the Shiblings is part of the TOMODACHI Initiative:

    From Sec. Clinton's comments

    "That’s why we are working to create opportunities for the young people in both of our countries. Our shared goal is to promote a tomodachi or friendship generation of young people who will be our future leaders. That’s why we have created a private-public partnership, the TOMODACHI Initiative, to bring young people from both countries together. We are looking forward to receiving hundreds of young Japanese students and sending hundreds of young American students, through student exchanges, sports programs, and entrepreneurial programs."

    http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/04/188987.htm
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  22. Ziggy

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    I wouldn't be surprised if Shibs got overtaken by at least one other US team by Sochi so it might be in their best interest.
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    I'd be surprised if the US doesn't have 3 dance entries to Sochi. Not sure what their advantage would be in Japan. (Still weird to think of dance as the strongest of the US disciplines by a lot. How times have changed.)
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    That's wonderful!
  26. Sylvia

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    Hmm, I rarely say that about all those diaries etc. - but this was a thorougly enjoyable, amusing and interesting read. They seem to have a great sense of humour.
  28. aftershocks

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    Thanks for posting the links Sylvia and Garden Kitty!
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    That was such a well written account of their time at the Dinner, great photos too. Gotta love the Shibs!

    Thanks for posting.
  31. Garden Kitty

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    I've read Alex's blogs before and they're always clever and well written. Nice to see that Maia shares his writing talent. That was a really sweet blog and it's great to see how special the night was for them.
  32. barbk

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    I don't think that USFSA could find better representatives. What a delightful blog.
  33. leapfrogonice

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    Impressive quality writing that matches the beautiful quality of their skating.

    Maia and Alex are such enjoyable story tellers, on the ice and off.

    USFS and NBC and the media need to wake up and smell the coffee. Ice dancers like Maia and Alex, and also Meryl and Charlie, are not only some of the strongest athletes but are also some of the most engaging and positive personalities in the sport. At an absolute minimum, I think broadcast time and marketing attention should be the same as the other disciplines, if not more, if they want to get the general public to care about skating more than just once every 4 years.
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    Wow, do they ever not look stunning? I feel like I have never seen an unflattering photo of either of them. Maia especially ALWAYS looks great and so put together.
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  36. Frau Muller

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    Congrats to Maia and Alex on this honor, as well as their delightfully-written blog. Doesn't Michele Kwan now work at the State Dept.? The Shibs should have looked her up!
  37. aftershocks

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    You make excellent points! In general, figure skating and it's athletes have so much to offer because fs is about sport and art. It is a hugely difficult sport complicated by the fact that to be at an elite level, you must also develop grace, artistry and presentation skills. As many skaters have also testified, through skating they have learned so many things that have helped them in living their lives after skating. Figure skaters are some of the most refreshing, gracious and kind human beings in the world. Yes, our country really needs to learn more about and celebrate our fs athletes and masters of blades on ice.

    Another thread in GSD discusses a similar topic:

    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=83370
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    They are so refreshingly gracious, funny and charming I wish nothing but the best for them. So many skaters have so little life experience through such a closed environment as the skating world they end up being so socially inept. Not these two. Best of luck to them no matter who they skate for, I would be thrilled if they got the chance to compete at Sochi, no matter which country.