Five favorite things with the Shibutanis

Alex and Maia favor their puppies, Kung Fu Panda and 30 Rock

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani enjoy spending time with their dogs, Lilly and Po.
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani enjoy spending time with their dogs, Lilly and Po. (Sarah S. Brannen)


Top Headlines
By Lynn Rutherford, special to
(04/13/2011) - Maia Shibutani, 16, and Alex Shibutani, who turns 20 on April 25th, are a typical brother-and-sister duo.

They answer for each other, finish each others sentences and share similar sharp senses of humor. In their dwindling downtime, the fast-rising ice dancers -- who won two Grand Prix medals last fall and captured the silver medal at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships -- enjoy playing with their puppies, Lilly and Po, and listening to all types of music. But keep Alex out of the kitchen.

What's your favorite movie?
Maia: I think we should go with Kung Fu Panda. It inspired us to name one of our dogs Po.

Alex: Yes, I think that's a must for both of us.

Maia: I don't think we have any favorite sappy movies we can tell you the names of right now.

Alex: I could make a joke and say I love watching The Notebook, but I can't honestly say I've ever seen the movie.

How about food?
Maia: I like cooking, my dad likes to cook, and my mom likes to cook. I think whatever Alex doesn't cook is my favorite.

Alex: I will eat anything that is edible. I'm a college student, put something in front of me and I will most likely eat it. I would say pizza, but I wouldn't want spaghetti to feel left out.

What's on your iPods?
Alex: Our parents were classical musicians, and so I think we've been blessed with having . . .

Maia: . . . diverse tastes. So it's not like Alex is going to say just rap or anything, because I think we like all genres.

Alex: We've been exposed to so many different types of music. It really depends on the mood. I listen from anything from John Mayer or Jack Johnson, to The Roots, to Yo-Yo Ma, it's so broad.

Maia: I really think we're not the best people for this favorites thing.

Favorite downtime activity?
Maia: Spending time with our puppies, Lilly and Po.

Alex: That's actually been a recent development. We spend a lot of time with them. They're so much fun.

Maia: At competitions, I know that one of our favorite things is playing Apples to Apples, or Cranium, or other board games with the other skaters. And I just have to say Adam Rippon and I are the most awesome team when it comes to team board games. Anyone who plays against us had just better watch out.

Alex: I really don't enjoy losing to Maia and Adam, so if I have to say something I'll say I like hanging out with the guys at the rink. The other day Charlie [White] came over to my apartment and we played video games for maybe four hours straight. Something completely unrelated to skating and school.

What TV shows do you enjoy?
Alex: I'm not going to go out on a limb and say, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. I like watching comedy shows with witty writing, so mostly NBC shows like 30 Rock, Community, and one that is a little bit more inflammatory is an FX show called It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. That one seems to be a favorite amongst a lot of the guys.

I'm also a big ESPN buff, big sports fan, so shows like Pardon the Interruption.

Maia: I do like The Office and 30 Rock and also the Food Network and some of the Bravo shows like Top Chef.