Domnina and Shabalin at the 2009 Worlds
|Full name||Oksana Alexandrovna Domnina|
17 August 1984 |
Kirov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Former partner||Maxim Bolotin
|Former coach||Natalia Linichuk
|Former choreographer||Natalia Linichuk|
|Skating club||Odintsovo Ice Skating School|
|ISU personal best scores|
2010 Olympic Games
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Russia|
|Bronze||2010 Vancouver||Ice dancing|
Oksana Alexandrovna Domnina (Russian: Оксана Александровна Домнина, born 17 August 1984 in Kirov) is a Russian ice dancer. She and partner Maxim Shabalin are the 2010 Olympic bronze medalists, the 2009 World Champions, the 2008 & 2010 European Champions, the 2007 Grand Prix Final champions, and three-time (2005, 2007, 2010) Russian national champions.
Domnina began skating at the age of six in Kirov and took up ice dancing two years later due to her height. Early in her career, she competed with Ivan Lobanov and Maxim Bolotin. She was paired with Maxim Shabalin in May 2002 by coach Alexei Gorshkov. In their first season together, they won every junior level competition they entered, including the 2002–2003 Junior Grand Prix Final and the 2003 World Junior Championships.
Shabalin suffered a meniscus injury in spring 2007 and had surgery on his right knee in May. They initially worked on a free dance to Schindler's List but when they wanted to add a faster section they thought it looked too much like a hodgepodge; after consultation with Tatiana Tarasova, they began working on a new free dance to Masquerade Waltz at the start of August. In September 2007, Shabalin also had surgery due to appendicitis. He then had problems with his left knee and had another operation in December. He returned to win the 2008 Europeans but limped off the ice. The pain persisted despite therapy, preventing them from training fully and resulting in their withdrawal from the 2008 World Championships. Shabalin spent five weeks in treatment in Munich, Germany, while Domnina trained on her own in Odintsovo, near Moscow.
In June 2008, Domnina / Shabalin announced they were leaving their longtime coach Alexei Gorshkov and moving from Russia to the United States to train with husband-and-wife coaches Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, Pennsylvania. Domnina said they had been very comfortable in Odintsovo and it was a difficult decision to make. The move was considered surprising as their rivals Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto had also moved to the same coaches a couple months prior, but Domnina said the competition at the rink was stimulating.
Domnina / Shabalin won the silver medal at the 2008–09 Grand Prix Final, and then took gold at 2009 Worlds. Afterwards, Shabalin returned to Germany for another four months of therapy on his left knee. They missed the 2009–10 Grand Prix series as a result of his knee problems. They resumed training in November 2009. Shabalin decided to use a brace in practice and competition to limit the movement and protect his knee.
Their original dance based on Australian Aboriginal folk dances sparked controversy in early 2010. Australian Aboriginal leaders were offended by the dance. Domnina / Shabalin said they meant no disrespect and would do the dance at the Olympics. When it was first skated at the 2010 Russian Championships, they wore face makeup but removed it for the 2010 European Championships. Domnina / Shabalin won the bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics and withdrew from the World Championships as a result of continued problems with his knee. They decided not to compete during the 2010–11 season to allow Shabalin to fully recover. In July 2010, Domnina announced on the team's official site that she was not ready to retire, despite the insistence of her mother and boyfriend to leave the sport, and that a decision would be made in 2011. She also denied rumors suggesting she would team up with Roman Kostomarov but added "Never say never."
Domnina studied psychology. She is in a relationship with Russian ice dancer Roman Kostomarov, the 2006 Olympic champion. In August 2010, it was reported that they were engaged and expecting their first child together. Their daughter, Anastasia, was born on 2 January 2011.
|Season||Original dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|"Waltz of the Spirits:"|
|Season||Original dance||Free dance|
|Grand Prix Final||5th||3rd||1st||2nd|
|GP Cup of China||4th||1st||2nd||1st|
|GP Cup of Russia||6th||4th||3rd||2nd||1st||2nd|
|GP Skate America||3rd|
|GP Skate Canada||6th|
|GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew|
|JGP Czech Republic||2nd|
|Russian Jr. Champ.||3rd|
|JGP = Junior Grand Prix|
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