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Book Event With Maia & Alex Shibutani

June 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Program Details: This is a free event, with advance registration required. Suggested donations are welcome to support our innovative programs. This program will be conducted online via Zoom. Registrants will receive the viewing link by email in advance of the event.

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About the Event

Kudo Kids Book Event With Olympic Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani

Join us for this fun and interactive online book event for young people and figure skating fans, featuring two-time Olympic bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani (aka the ShibSibs). At the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, they became the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Olympics and are only the second sibling duo in the history of the sport to share an ice dancing medal. The Shibutanis are also the authors of the Kudo Kids book series, geared for ages 8-12—including The Mystery of the Masked Medalist and their latest release, The Mystery in Manhattan. Along with a chat about their Olympic experiences, they will discuss how their travels to Tokyo inspired their first book about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and how their time in NYC helped to craft their new book. Viewers can submit questions in advance as well as purchase autographed copies of their books during the registration process.

This program is part of our Passing the Torch series, a celebration of the upcoming Tokyo Summer Games.


About Kudo Kids: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist
The Kudo Kids have never been to Japan before, so they can’t believe they get to attend the Summer Olympics there. The siblings plan to eat tons of delicious Japanese food, watch every event they can, and win a super-popular new game called OlympiFan.

Developed by a mysterious former medalist, OlympiFan brings players together from all over the world to search Tokyo for virtual medals and clues to the creator’s identity. Andy loves puzzles, and he’s determined to crack this one, especially since the winning team will get to be beta testers for the Masked Medalist’s future games!

Mika wants to find as many clues as she can, but she also has a secret goal of her own–one that could get her into big trouble. But when someone sabotages the game, the Kudo Kids have an even bigger mystery to solve than the Masked Medalist’s identity. If they want to capture the gold, Mika and Andy have to figure out who’s trying to stop their team before someone beats them to the grand prize!


About Kudo Kids: The Mystery in Manhattan (Released May 4, 2021)
Andy and Mika are about to take a bite out of the Big Apple. When they first arrive in New York City, they can’t wait to hit the ground running and see the sights like the Rockefeller Center ice rink and eat mouth-watering meals like Korean barbecue and bagels. Mika wants to visit a famous camera store and take photos of all the iconic landmarks, while Andy can’t wait to try out an escape room that one of his friends told him about.

Their plans gets shaken up when they learn that their aunt Kei and cousin Jenny are desperate for help running errands around the city for an upcoming fashion presentation. Not wanting to pass up a chance to explore the city, Andy and Mika enthusiastically volunteer. When a very special dress, the centerpiece of aunt Kei’s collection, goes missing on the Kudos’ watch, they suddenly find themselves on a chase around the city to return it before Aunt Kei’s work is ruined.


About Maia and Alex Shibutani
Maia and Alex Shibutani (aka the ShibSibs) are two-time Olympic bronze medalists, three-time World medalists, Four Continents Champions, and two-time US National Champions. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, they became the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Olympics and are only the second sibling duo in the history of the sport to share an ice dancing medal. Off the ice, the ShibSibs are known for sharing their personalities, experiences, and interests on social media to bring new audiences to their sport. They travel the world and enjoy spending time together (most of the time), eating food (all of the time), and meeting new people (any time!). They are also the authors of The Mystery of the Masked Medalist.


Saturday, June 19, 12 PM EDT | Calculate your local time


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Kudo Kids Book Event With Olympic Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani



June 19, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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