The Shibutanis Thread 6: Paradise Found

VIETgrlTerifa

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The other thread was over 1000 posts, so I figured now is the best time to make the 6th ShibSibs thread. It looks like the Shibs found their paradise with the best performances of their career and came away with a bounty of two Olympic medals.

Thanks to @Sylvia, we have links to the previous 5 Shibutani threads:

Prologue: @Vash01's first ShibSibs fan thread back in June 2009 --- link to the archived thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/maia-alex-shibutani.66656/

#1 (March 2014-Jan. 2016): The Shibutanis Thread

#2 (Jan.-Dec. 2016): Lights Will Guide You Home

#3 (Dec. 2016-Oct. 2017): Evolution

#4 (Oct. 2017-Jan. 2018): Ready for Paradise

#5 (Jan. 2018-Feb. 2018): Cinco...Mambo!

For any newbies, here are some links to their various social media accounts:

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/maiashibutani/

https://www.instagram.com/alexshibutani/

https://www.instagram.com/shibsibs/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MaiaShibutani

https://twitter.com/AlexShibutani

https://twitter.com/ShibSibs

and of course, their YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/ShibSibs

In their About section, it looks like their YouTube channel has over 7 million views now.
 

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Congrats to the Shib Sibs! They skated the best performance of the season in the Olympics and won the bronze medal.
 

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@chapis , I noticed that you shared some Shibs fan art in the Goldenskate thread, would you mind reposting them here?

I found a nice one that I think really captures them:

https://twitter.com/jinnydraws/status/967620901150842880

Another one:

https://twitter.com/kinatochibi810/status/967626104730107904

I also like this pic taken by Guillaume Cizeron of Maia and Gabriella Papadakis sharing an Oreo with Jun Hwan Cha photo bombing in the biggest way possible:

https://twitter.com/FSIgstories/status/967589393140723714

I loved how at the end of the Gala, Yuzuru grabbed Maia into the biggest hug ever before the giant gala group hug:

https://twitter.com/KuromiThet/status/967631365888864257
 

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Sorry but the new board updates are Messing with my ability to do a quote post, I guess. That was VGT. :shuffle:

And autocorrect thinks I’m talking about Keegan. :lol:
 

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Our broadcaster decided to upload only 4 videos from the whole Gala to their channel and Alex and Maia´s exhibition was one of them, they were the only ice dancers:rollin::respec:.

I liked this comment:
Tanto deporte bonito que existe en el mundo, pero acá en latinoamérica, la gente nada más piensa en futbol.
So many beautiful sports that exist in the world, but here in Latin America, people only think in soccer. (This person reads my mind :lol:)
 

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NBC uploaded their exhibition on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ViCpwmlV0

I wonder what's the hold up for their FD? Maybe it's a licensing issue with Coldplay.
I don´t think so, our broadcaster uploaded the FD to their YT channel and it is available for all countries in Latin America. And it is not as if Coldplay are unknown here, they are super famous.
 

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The Shibs' "The First Time We Met" video is trending on YouTube at #41! And already has 187k views in just two days. For perspective, their World Championships vlog from nearly a year ago has 93k views.
 

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Just thought I'd link the performance where everything really changed for them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IJJSa4PvY0
Oh wow, thanks for posting that. I still remember that hug Alex and Maia had in the KnC after their scores came up, and how he just looks at her and nods. Ondrej Nepela was such a rough competition and they must have questioned the direction they were going, or if they should even continue, after that. Getting those scores and Skate Canada really was such a monumental step in the right direction. They've come so far.
 

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And it's growing into the mainstream. Their success and ability to capture the attention of the country has been nothing but incredible for the bigger Asian-American community, many of whom never even thought about winter sports much less figure skating.
 

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Awwww, her idol noticed her, I loved his message, she seems really excited, so cute!!!
 

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I really hate to be a wet blanket. But does anyone think it's possible now that the Shibs have an Olympic medal, the judges will drop them if they stick around for next season? I know that sort of happened with Linichuk & Karponosov in 1981. This is just something that popped into my head suddenly and it has me kind of worried for them. I really hope it doesn't happen.
 

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I really hate to be a wet blanket. But does anyone think it's possible now that the Shibs have an Olympic medal, the judges will drop them if they stick around for next season? I know that sort of happened with Linichuk & Karponosov in 1981. This is just something that popped into my head suddenly and it has me kind of worried for them. I really hope it doesn't happen.
I mean, it’s not like they haven’t already tried. Multiple times. And failed to make them go away every time. At this point I literally have no worries on that front anymore and the judges should just give up on that hopeless cause :lol:

The Shibs will go away (from competitive skating) when they want to go away and not a moment sooner.
 

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