Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win Olympic ice dance gold. American Shibutani siblings earn bronze.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States perform during the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Kind of sums up the American ice dance experience at the Winter Olympics.

Two of the Big 12’s most powerful offenses collided when No. 8 Kansas hosted Oklahoma. Only one lived up to the hype, though.

The Shib Sibs — Maia and older brother Alex Shibutani — added a bronze medal in the event to their team bronze early in the Pyeongchang Games.

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U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue made two key errors in their free dance and slid from third to fifth place.

The total broke a tie with Russias Evgeni Plushenko and Swedens Gillis Grafstrom for most medals in figure skating, and they tied the record for gold medals shared by Grafstrom, Sonja Henie of Norway and Irina Rodnina of the Soviet Union.

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Madison Chock and Evan Bates had an even bigger slip-up: the rare ice dance fall.

Having a different point of view because we are coming from a different place is something we have embraced. There are always going to be doubters but all I can say right now is that we persevered and we did it our way.

Still, a third, fifth and 12th with a major mistake should not be underplayed.

"Its great for us and its great for Team USA," Maia Shibutani said after they moved up from fourth place and held off a Russian couple to give the United States a podium spot for the fourth straight games: a gold, two silvers and a bronze.

But when the cuteness fades and it is awesome seeing them having fun out there on the ice, what is the real ceiling of their career? is there a point when they wont be successful.

"It feels like gold," Alex Shibutani added. "Its unbelievable.

"Its such an honour to represent your country in the Olympics, and our sport is such a strong event, as you saw from the marks," he said, noting that the top two duos — gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, silver winners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France — set world records Tuesday. "Its amazing to have that Olympic moment we dreamed of."

(L-R) Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada and Maia and Alex Shibutani celebrate during the victory ceremony for ice dance at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 at Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

The Shibutanis also believe their performance could lead to more siblings and more Asian-Americans in ice dance. Alex noted how rare each combination is.

Maia and Alex Shibutani celebrate winning ice dance bronze at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 at Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 20, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"We had no path to follow," he said. "There was no blueprint for us. (Coach) Marina Zueva had no experience with siblings or Asian-American ice dancers and we had to discover by ourselves our own path."

That path led them from ninth place at the Sochi Games to two U.S. championships. They also have three world championships medals. And now, an Olympic jewel.

Maia and Alex Shibutani react after their free dance at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 at Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 20, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"Its really been a leap of faith we had to take," Maia Shibutani said. "We really have discovered we need to be ourselves."

They finished with the bronze medal. Canadas Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Frances couple of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizero finished ahead of them on the podium. Their medals were deserving, but both pairs gave steamy performances filled with affectionate moments and erotic-looking lifts. Canadas pair had to tone it down for the Olympics, they said, after one of their lifts looked too much like a sex position, according to the Toronto Star.

Added Alex: "We found we needed to not play characters but to be Maia and Alex."

The ice dancing pair with the nickname “Shib Sibs” are a brother and sister competing in an event that focuses heavily on the artistry and interpretation of the music. With the dances requiring components such as the Rumba sequence, holds and lifts, the event lends its way to the performers skating with a romantic affection for one another.

He is 26, she is 23, and they didnt want to look ahead to another Olympic go-round. But Hubbell and Donohue made it clear they arent through; he is 27 and she soon will be.

“Our emotional connection to the music and the journey we have been on is what makes this program our strongest creative concept yet,” she wrote on a blog for Team USA. “The choice of the piece we were using didnt just work because of the title of the song. Lyrically, Paradise really speaks to us.”

Hubbells eyes were wet when she spoke about the rough go in the free dance. They had been perennial third-place finishers in America before making a huge leap this season, winning their first national title. They believed the Pyeongchang Games would be their special moment.

In their free dance performance, the Shibutanis danced to Coldplays “Paradise.” During their performance, they skated with a pure joy that radiated as they danced the final story of their self-proclaimed trilogy. The story was about their journey to achieving an Olympic medal, according to Maia.

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Then they made two errors in the free dance, one early and then a late stumble by Donohue.

They were technically perfect, and so were the Shibutanis. Their performance elements were stunning, and so were the the siblings. Even though the Shibutanis perform with great artistry, the lack of sexual passion still could have an effect on the judges scores, although well never truly know.

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"At this moment, we are disappointed and frustrated," Hubbell said, "because this was not close to our best. At this level, you cannot afford to make mistakes against this type of competition.

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"But we will build off this and not allow this to be our legacy."

Donohue admitted he wasnt as mentally sharp as he needed to be in such a pressure-cooker atmosphere. He looked back at last years worlds, when they hoped to compete for a medal and wound up ninth.

"Every experience brings a piece of information we didnt have before," he said, noting the couple would pay extra attention to their mental approach as they prepare for next months world championships in Milan.

Chock and Bates didnt want to look beyond Tuesday. They were the only ice dancers to have a fall in the entire competition, and it came as they were preparing to do a combination spin. Their blades clicked just as he was bending down and she was beginning to spin.

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"Its impossible to do the spin with our feet attached," Bates said.

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"Its a moment we wish we could have back," Bates added. "Its a mistake that has never happened in training before, ever. Theres no explanation."

Chock and Bates also didnt want the fall to take away from the message they were trying to convey while skating to John Lennons "Imagine."

"We hope we got the message of peace across," Chock said as she wiped her eyes. "We think the audience understood."

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