Maxim Andreyevich Shabalin (Russian: Максим Андреевич Шабалин;[1] born 25 January 1982) is a Russian former competitive ice dancer. He and partner Oksana Domnina 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.

Maxim Shabalin
Oksana DOMNINA Maxim SHABALIN 2009WC.jpg
Domnina and Shabalin at the 2009 Worlds
Personal information
Full nameMaxim Andreyevich Shabalin
Country representedRussia
Former country(ies) representedBulgaria
Born (1982-01-25) 25 January 1982 (age 37)
Kuybyshev, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
PartnerOksana Domnina
Former partnerElena Khalyavina
Margarita Toteva (BUL)
Former coachNatalia Linichuk
Gennadi Karponosov
Alexei Gorshkov
Oleg Sudakov
Larisa Filina
Former choreographerNatalia Linichuk
Skating clubOdintsovo Ice Skating School
Began skating1987
ISU personal best scores
Combined total207.64
2010 Winter Olympics
Comp. dance43.76
2010 Winter Olympics
Original dance64.68
2009 Worlds
Free dance104.99
2008 Europeans


Early careerEdit

Shabalin began skating aged four in Samara – although pushed into the sport by his parents, he grew to enjoy it by the age of 11.[2] He began competing in ice dancing aged 11 or 12.[2] At the age of 15, he moved to Bulgaria to skate with Margarita Toteva for that country but the partnership ended due to her injury.[2][3] He then competed with Elena Khalyavina for Russia.[2]

Partnership with DomninaEdit

Shabalin was paired with Oksana Domnina in May 2002 by coach Alexei Gorshkov.[4] In their first season together, they won every junior level competition they entered, including the 2002–03 Junior Grand Prix Final and the 2003 World Junior Championships.[5]

Shabalin sustained a meniscus injury in spring 2007 and had surgery on his right knee in May.[4][6] 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.[6] In September 2007, Shabalin also had surgery due to appendicitis.[4] He then had problems with his left knee and had another operation in December.[4] He returned to win the 2008 Europeans but limped off the ice.[4][6] The pain persisted despite therapy, preventing them from training fully and resulting in their withdrawal from the 2008 World Championships.[4] Shabalin spent five weeks in treatment in Munich, Germany, while Domnina trained on her own in Odintsovo, near Moscow.[4]

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.[7] 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.[4]

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.[8] They missed the 2009–10 Grand Prix series as a result of his knee problems.[8] They resumed training in November 2009. Shabalin decided to use a brace in practice and competition to limit the movement and protect his knee.[8]

Domnina/Shabalin perform their controversial original dance at the 2010 Olympics.

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.[9] 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. He was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.[10] Shabalin received the Overcoming Award at the 2010 Crystal Ice Awards held in October 2010 in Moscow.[11][12] He was also appointed head coach of the Russian national ice dancing team.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Shabalin was born on 25 January 1982 in Samara, Russia.[14] He studied civil administration.[6] He married Russian actress Irina Grineva in November 2010.[10][15] Their daughter, Vasilisa, was born on 6 July 2013 in Marbella, Spain.[16]


With DomninaEdit

Domnina/Shabalin perform their Spartacus free dance at the 2009 Worlds.
Season Original dance Free dance Exhibition
Cossack dance:

Waltz of the Spirits:
  • Rap & Classica
  • Mungal

With KhalyavinaEdit

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Paso doble
  • Flamenco
  • Paso doble
  • My Guy
  • Dancing Fool

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Series/Junior Grand Prix

With Domnina for RussiaEdit

Domnina/Shabalin sit with coaches, Gennadi Karponosov and Natalia Linichuk, following their original dance at the 2008-09 Grand Prix Final.
Domnina/Shabalin at the 2008 European Championships.
Event 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10
Olympics 9th 3rd
Worlds 15th 10th 8th 7th 5th 1st
Europeans 12th 7th 6th 6th 2nd 1st WD 1st
GP 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
Finlandia Trophy 2nd
Schäfer Memorial 1st
Skate Israel 2nd
International: Junior[28]
Junior Worlds 1st
JGP Final 1st
JGP France 1st
JGP Serbia 1st
Russian Champ. 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Russian Jr. Champ. 1st
WD: Withdrew

With Khalyavina for RussiaEdit

Event 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
World Junior Champ. 10th 3rd 2nd
JGP Final 2nd 1st
JGP Czech Republic 1st
JGP Italy 1st
JGP Norway 3rd 1st
JGP Poland 1st
JGP Slovenia 1st
Russian Junior Champ. 3rd 2nd 1st

With Toteva for BulgariaEdit

Event 1997–98
World Junior Championships 14th
JGP Bulgaria 6th
JGP Slovakia 6th
Bulgarian Championships 2nd


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  10. ^ a b Mustafina, Mira (30 September 2010). Если не под венец, то в монастырь, так считают наши сегодняшние герои [If not marriage, then a monastery] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 27 September 2011.
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  13. ^ Максим Шабалин стал старшим тренером по танцам в сборной России по фигурному катанию [Maxim Shabalin became senior dance coach in the Russian national figure skating]. (in Russian). 20 October 2010. Archived from the original on 9 November 2011.
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  16. ^ "Ирина Гринева и Максим Шабалин о новорожденной дочке" [Irina Grineva and Maxim Shabalin on their newborn daughter]. Hello Magazine (Russian version) (in Russian). 2013. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013.
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