After years of playing second fiddle to the likes of Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Madison Chock, and Evan Bates, super siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani at long last claimed their first national ice dancing title Jan. 23 at the 2016 US Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Although they trailed 2015 winners Chock and Bates by a small margin after the short dance, the Shib Sibs brought their best with a standing ovation-worthy free dance to Coldplay's Fix You, which earned them a field best 115.47 and a lock on the championship.

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Their two-day mark of 190.14 bettered the one posted by Chock and Bates (186.93) by a comfortable margin. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue took the bronze (178.81) for the second consecutive year. All three of the top couples competed at the prestigious Grand Prix Final in December.

Maia, 21, and Alex, 24, first joined forces to compete in ice dancing in 2004. After enjoying success at lower levels, they ascended to senior level competition during the 2010-11 skating season and immediately became a factor by winning silver at nationals.

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They earned podium placements every year after --including two additional silver and two bronze medals-- before finally breaking through to earn the title this year.

Ice Dancing at Nationals: Full Results

The full results from the ice dancing competition at nationals are as follows:

  • 1. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, 190.14
  • 2. Madison Chock and Evan Bates, 186.93
  • 3. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, 178.81
  • 4. Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus, 160.46
  • 5. Kaitlin Hawayek and John-Luc Baker, 158.86
  • 6. Danielle Thomas and Daniel Eaton, 145.01
  • 7. Karina Manta and Joseph Johnson, 142.70
  • 8. Charlotte Maxwell and Ryan Devereaux, 128.98
  • 9. Alexandra Aldridge and Matthew Blackmer, 121.16
  • 10. Alissandra Aronow and Colin Brubaker, 116.41
  • 11. Kseniya Ponomaryova and Oleg Altukhov, 99.86
  • 12. Tory Patsis and Nathaniel Fast, 91.88
  • 13. Elicia Reynolds and Stephen Reynolds, 85.95
  • 14. Gabriela Morrell Zucker and Andrejs Sitiks, 72.60

Competition at the 2016 US Figure Skating Championships resumes on the evening of Jan.

23 as the ladies battle for the top prize. Currently, teen Polina Edmunds holds a comfortable lead over second-ranked Gracie Gold, reigning national champion Ashley Wagner (who sits in fourth), and the rest of the field.

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