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Bronze Medals for Russian Ice Dancing Team

23. February 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin toned down their controversial Aboriginal costumes

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics appears to be the first time in 50 years that Russia will finish without a gold medal in figure skating.


The ice dancing competition finished last night with the Canadian team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir securing the gold, Meryl White and Charlie White of the U.S.A. winning the silver, and the Russian team of Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin settling for bronze.


Teams from Russia or the former Soviet Union have won all but two of the Olympic ice dancing titles since it was introduced to the Olympics in 1976. Russia was counting on Domnina and Shabalin with their recent success as World and European Champions, but their controversial Aboriginal themed original dance combined with Shalbalin’s knee injury proved too great of obstacles to come out on top.


“We skated as well as we could,” Domnina said. “Actually, we probably did more than Maxim’s condition allowed us to do.”


“We are happy with the bronze medal. It was a long, difficult way for us, and we are happy we did it,” Shabalin added. “We gave everything out there on the ice.”


With only the women’s figure skating event left, Russia has small hopes of winning any more medals in this sport, thus ending their reign. However, the Russians have 4 years to make a powerful comeback. All eyes will be on the home team when the Winter Olympics return in 2014 on their home turf of Sochi.


This latest medal win moves Russia into 4th place of the overall medal standings with 11, trailing behind Norway with 14, Germany with 21, and the U.S.A. out in front with 25 medals.