Alex And Maia Shibutani's Advice To Up-And-Coming Athletes Is Something To Take To Heart

"There is no easy way to accomplish your dreams."

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With the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games behind them, Alex and Maia Shibutani are ready to look ahead to what's next — but not before they look back on the life-changing experience.

The duo — who won double bronze medals, one for ice dancing and one as part of Team USA figure skating — said they are still "riding high" on the feeling. They're also relishing the fact that they had something "unique and different" as the only siblings to compete together in South Korea, something they definitely call a "strength."

"In our sport, we've been really lucky that we have so many great champions," Maia says, acknowledging that the champions they looked up to were nice to them and supportive of them — so they want to pay that forward to up-and-coming athletes.

"And it's cool to see that we're having an impact directly. When we were growing up, I don't know if Michelle Kwan was able to get direct feedback other than meeting people in person. For us, on social media, we're being tweeted photos of young kids in front of their TV watching us skate," Alex added. "So that's just a cool feeling."

Alex and Maia have been skating together for 14 years, and tell those wanting to follow in their footsteps that "there is no easy way to accomplish your dreams," and that "no path to success is a straight line, a straight shot up." To weather the ups and downs, they advise to "believe in yourself" and "be resilient."

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