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Shibutanis make ice dancing the family business

Ice dancing a family business for Shibutanis

Originally Published: October 18, 2011
By Meri-Jo Borzilleri

Finding a figure skating partner is a tricky endeavor, requiring the elements of athletic evaluation (think NFL combine), subjective judging on appearance and synchronicity (think "Dancing with the Stars") and the intangible of personal compatibility (think online dating).

Then, throw in a few life-changing decisions, such as who's going to pull up hometown roots, and you begin to wonder how any team lasts longer than a few months.

Ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani ...

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