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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    I wonder if Prime Minister Noda will try to talk them into skating for Japan in the team event at Sochi?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    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.
    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!

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    Here's Maia and Alex Shibutani's personal account of their U.S. State Dept. dinner last week in Washington, DC: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    Shibs' photos: http://www.icenetwork.com/gen/photog...f30723244.html
    Last edited by Sylvia; 05-08-2012 at 09:20 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Here's Maia and Alex Shibutani's personal account of their U.S. State Dept. dinner last week in Washington, DC: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    Shibs' photos: http://www.icenetwork.com/gen/photog...f30723244.html
    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.

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    Thanks for posting the links Sylvia and Garden Kitty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Here's Maia and Alex Shibutani's personal account of their U.S. State Dept. dinner last week in Washington, DC: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    Shibs' photos: http://www.icenetwork.com/gen/photog...f30723244.html
    Their account made the event come alive.
    Delighted that the evening was so special for them.

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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.

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

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Here's Maia and Alex Shibutani's personal account of their U.S. State Dept. dinner last week in Washington, DC: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    Shibs' photos: http://www.icenetwork.com/gen/photog...f30723244.html
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Here's Maia and Alex Shibutani's personal account of their U.S. State Dept. dinner last week in Washington, DC: http://www.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    Shibs' photos: http://www.icenetwork.com/gen/photog...f30723244.html
    The blog was wonderful, thanks. I was thrilled to see the photos taken with George Takei of Star Trek fame and his on-screen son from Heroes, Hiro!

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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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leapfrogonice View Post
    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.
    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.
    I guess the hard thing for a lot of people to accept is why God would allow me to go running through their yards, yelling and spinning around.


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