Oksana Domnina

Oksana Alexandrovna Domnina (Russian: Оксана Александровна Домнина, born 17 August 1984) is a Russian former competitive 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.

Oksana Domnina
Oksana DOMNINA Maxim SHABALIN 2009WC.jpg
Domnina and Shabalin at the 2009 Worlds
Personal information
Full nameOksana Alexandrovna Domnina
Country representedRussia
Born (1984-08-17) 17 August 1984 (age 36)
Kirov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
PartnerMaxim Shabalin
Former partnerMaxim Bolotin
Ivan Lobanov
Former coachNatalia Linichuk
Gennadi Karpanosov
Alexei Gorshkov
Oleg Sudakov
Larisa Filina
Former choreographerNatalia Linichuk
Skating clubOdintsovo Ice Skating School
Began skating1989
ISU personal best scores
Combined total207.14
2008 Europeans
Comp. dance43.76
2010 Olympic Games
Original dance64.68
2009 Worlds
Free dance104.99
2008 Europeans


Domnina began skating at the age of six in Kirov and took up ice dancing two years later due to her height.[1][2] Early in her career, she competed with Ivan Lobanov and Maxim Bolotin.

Partnership with ShabalinEdit

Domnina was paired with Maxim Shabalin in May 2002 by coach Alexei Gorshkov.[3] 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.[4]

Shabalin sustained a meniscus injury in spring 2007 and had surgery on his right knee in May.[3][5] 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.[5] In September 2007, Shabalin also had surgery due to appendicitis.[3] He then had problems with his left knee and had another operation in December.[3] He returned to win the 2008 Europeans but limped off the ice.[3][5] The pain persisted despite therapy, preventing them from training fully and resulting in their withdrawal from the 2008 World Championships.[3] Shabalin spent five weeks in treatment in Munich, Germany, while Domnina trained on her own in Odintsovo, near Moscow.[3]

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.[6] Domnina said they had been very comfortable in Odintsovo and it was a difficult decision to make.[3] 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.[3]

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.[7] They missed the 2009–10 Grand Prix series as a result of his knee problems.[7] They resumed training in November 2009. Shabalin decided to use a brace in practice and competition to limit the movement and protect his knee.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] She also denied rumors suggesting she would team up with Roman Kostomarov but added "Never say never."[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Oksana Domnina was born on 17 August 1984 in Kirov, Kirov Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.[10] She studied psychology.[5] In August 2010, it was reported that Domnina was engaged to Russian ice dancer Roman Kostomarov, the 2006 Olympic champion, and expecting their first child together.[11] Their daughter, Anastasia, was born on 2 January 2011.[12][13] They married in April 2014.[14] Their son, Ilya, was born in January 2016.[15]


With ShabalinEdit

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 BolotinEdit

Season Original dance Free dance
  • Tango
  • Flamenco
  • Natasha Atlas
  • Kitaro
  • Natasha Atlas

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With ShabalinEdit

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[25]
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 BolotinEdit

Event 2000–01 2001–02
World Junior Champ. 7th
JGP Final 7th 4th
JGP Bulgaria 1st
JGP Czech Republic 2nd
JGP Poland 2nd
JGP Ukraine 3rd
Russian Jr. Champ. 3rd 3rd

With LobanovEdit

Event 1999–2000
Russian Championships 8th


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  14. ^ "Опубликованы фото со свадьбы Оксаны Домниной и Романа Костомарова" [Photo published from the wedding of Oksana Domnina and Roman Kostomarov] (in Russian). rusevik.ru. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Второй ребенок родился у олимпийского чемпиона Костомарова и призера ОИ Домниной" [Second child for Olympic champion Kostomarov and Olympic medalist Domnina]. rsport.ru (in Russian). 15 January 2016. Archived from the original on 16 January 2016.
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