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‘Our differences are what make us unique,’ says skater Alex Shibutani

Bronze medalists Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani in the Figure Skating Team Event pose for a portrait on the Today Show Set on Monday. Marianna Massey/Getty Images

After helping to bring home a bronze medal for the US figure skating team in PyeongChang, Boston-born Olympic figure skater Alex Shibutani reflected on his experience as an Asian American figure skater and encouraged others not to give up on the sport, even when they don’t “look like anyone else.”

Shibutani, who was born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is competing in his second Olympics, skates as a team with his sister, Maia, who also competed with the third-place US team in PyeongChang.

The duo compete in the ice dancing event together.

“When we started skating together, @MaiaShibutani and I didn’t see any teams on the ice that looked like us. There weren’t too many sibling teams either,” Shibutani said in a series of tweets Monday evening on the East Coast.


“Being so ‘different’ could have been a warning sign... but we were 9 and 12 years old and didn’t see ourselves as ‘different’. We were just having a blast skating together,” he continued.

He encouraged those going through what he faced to “keep moving forward” and never let someone convince “you that you can’t do something or that your success will be limited because of how you look.”

“You don’t have to look like anyone else. You don’t have to be, or skate like anyone else. You don’t have to fit the mold or follow the path that everyone else is on,” he tweeted. “Just find, and be yourself.”

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.