Working together so intensely for such long periods and for such high stakes, many pairs skaters and ice dancers — whether romantically involved, or siblings, or just friends — naturally have a chance to develop some pretty good insights on what it takes to make a relationship work.

“If we ever have a disagreement we know we have the same goals so it’s easy for us to work through a disagreement, maybe faster than some other people in a regular working relationship.” — Maia Shibutani, U.S. ice dancer, who won third place this year with her partner (and brother), Alex.

Here are a few of those insights, in their own words.

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