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2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver, CanadaFebruary 12-28
 
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Maxim Shabalin

Maxim Shabalin

  • Sport: Olympic Figure Skating
  • Nation: Russian Federation
  • DOB: January 25, 1982
  • Career Highlights: Reigning world champions in ice dance with Oksana Domnina. ... Returned to win European title after missing this year's Grand Prix season because of his recurring knee problems. ... Shabalin first had surgery on the meniscus in his left knee in May 2007 and then again after the couple won the Grand Prix final in December of that year. He was back on the ice a few weeks later, and they won the European title. But Shabalin reaggravated the injury two weeks before the '08 world championships, forcing the couple to drop out. ... Their original dance has outraged some Australian aboriginal leaders, who claim the dance is offensive cultural theft, with inauthentic steps and gaudy costumes. ... Left Russia in the spring of 2008 to train in the United States with 1980 Olympic gold medalist Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov, who also coach main rivals Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. ... Ninth at the 2006 Olympics. ... Teamed up with Domnina in 2002. ... Both had previously competed at the international junior level with different partners. ... Moved to Bulgaria to train when he was 15 but returned to Russia.
  • Olympic History: 2006
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