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Oksana Domnina & Maxim Shabalin - World, European, & Russian Ice Dance Champions

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Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin

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Ice Dance Champions:

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin are the 2009 World Ice Dance Champions, the 2008 and 2010 European Ice Dance Champions, the 2007 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final ice dance champions, and the 2005, 2007, 2010 Russian ice dance champions.

Origins:

Oksana Domnina was born on August 17, 1984 in Kirov, Russia. Maxim Shabalin was born on January 25, 1982 in Samara, Russia. Oksana began skating when she was six years old. She began ice dancing at the age of eight. She left her home in Kirov when she was fifteen years to train as an elite ice dancer. Maxim left his home in Samara when he was fifteen to train in Bulgaria, but later returned to Russia.

Early Days Together:

Both Domnina and Shabalin competed at the international junior level with different ice dance partners. They became an ice dance team in 2002. In their first year as a team, they won the 2002 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and the 2003 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Coaches and Training:

In 2008, Domnina and Shabalin left Russia and decided to move to the United States. They train in Aston, Pennsylvania. Their coaches are Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponossov.

Competition Highlights:

  • 2009 World Ice Dance Champions
  • 2008 and 2010 European Ice Dance Champions
  • 2005, 2007, and 2010 Russian Ice Dance Champions
  • 2008 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Ice Dance Champions
  • 2003 Junior World Figure Skating Champions
  • 2002 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Champions

Controversy at the 2010 European Figure Skating Championships:

At the 2010 European Figure Skating Championships, Domnina and Shabalin did an original dance that was supposed to be a tribute to the Australian Aborigines. There was a problem though: the entire Aborigine culture was offended. Apparently their program was not even close to representing true Aborignine values, movements, make-up, or costumes. It has been said that the Russian ice dancers completely "missed the mark."
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