Domnina and Shabalin lead at Russian Nationals
The Compulsory Dance (CD) for the event was the Golden Waltz. The dance was invented by Natalia Dubova, Marina Klimova, and Sergei Ponomarenko and was first performed at the 1987 Moscow Cup.
Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin delivered a powerful CD, emphasizing holds and displaying good expression to place first with 41.26 points.
Clearly a class apart from the rest of the field, Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski placed second with 37.15 points after skating a fast, confident and smooth waltz.
Ekaterina Rubleva and Ivan Shefer displayed smaller patterns in their dance, but were smooth and exhibited a nice glide. They were third with 32.51 points.
In fourth with 31.85 points were Anastasia Platonova and Andrei Maximishin, followed by Olga Gmyzina and Ivan Lobanov (26.09 points), Anastasia Yakovleva and Ivan Manvelov (24.40 points), Ksenia Shmyrina and Denis Bazdyrev (24.15 points), and Julia Zlobina and Alexei Sitnikov (16.23 points).