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    Domnina/Shabalin retiring?

    I'm not much of a poster here, but is it true that Domnina/Shabalin retired? I keep reading from people here that they did but I've seen no official confirmation. Can anyone verify it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dom_shafan View Post
    I'm not much of a poster here, but is it true that Domnina/Shabalin retired? I keep reading from people here that they did but I've seen no official confirmation. Can anyone verify it?
    It's not official yet, but there's no chance for them to continue, unfortunately ((( People can't even walk with injury that Maksim has and 3 surgeries didn't really help him

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    The only "official" information I remeber is that they are taking a season off. But as Lucky Star said, people can't even walk with the injury Maxim has, so the chance for their return after a year is close to zero.

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    I see. I know he's been battling injury for a few seasons now, but I didn't know if they were going to remain skating together. Thanks for the heads up.

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    does anyone think she will skate with another partner after he retires? She is 25, but that is not that old in ice dance, considering they were not really contenders in Torino, they have not been on the world stage all that long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinymavy15 View Post
    does anyone think she will skate with another partner after he retires? She is 25, but that is not that old in ice dance, considering they were not really contenders in Torino, they have not been on the world stage all that long.
    Chances for Oksana to find a suitable partner are extremely slim, there are not many quality ice dancers searching for partners to begin with, and her height makes it a lot more challenging. I personally think she is done,

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    How about Deividas Stagniunas (LTU)? Katherine Copely has retired from skating.

    However, I don't think he would be willing to skate for Russia, and even if Russia would release Oksana to compete for Lithuania, there would be little chance of them making it to Sochi, since it's very difficult to obtain Lithuanian citizenship (LTU doesn't recognize dual citizenship and Oksana would have to renounce her Russian citizenship).

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    Deividas tried out with Khoklova. I presume that they might have been going to skate for Russia, if the tryout worked out? In any case, it's only Olympics where citizenship matters.

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    This is a Hmmmm sort of thing isn't it ? When it was reported that RSF types had initially considered Fedor as a possible partner for Domnina , I thought then why not Deividas ? The two guys are much the same height. And if there's a shortage of possible partners for Jana , it must be worse for Oxana , because she's tall ( not as easily portable )

    It gets so convoluted considering all the ins and outs of whether or not it would be easy to gain citizenship... I can't see the benefit to the RSF ,in their push for Sochi, to have Oxana compete for anyone else..But would it be just as inspiring to young Lithuanian skaters to have Deividas out there with a good partner no matter who they represented...Would it be so unpopular ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post

    However, I don't think he would be willing to skate for Russia,.
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    When he tried out with Jana Khokhlova it was supposed they would skate for Russia.
    And I'm not even talking about of all the advantages he gets if he skates for Russia.

    Anyway I read somewhere in Russian media that Oksana officially announced about her retirement.

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    Well, I can believe that. It would be very difficult to consider coming back ..being almost certain not to have a chance at the podium at the next world's.

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    According to an interview with kirovnet.ru, Oksana is thinking about coaching in Kirov. Here are a few excerpts from that interview:

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    - What did you talk with the president behind closed doors?
    We discussed the development of sport. All participants expressed their wishes, spoke about construction, someone expressed gratitude to the Federation, someone, on the contrary, their discontent. I said that we need to return the coaches who have left Russia, because they are now working abroad and raise our rivals.

    - What you need to change the situation?
    Now the popularity of figure skating has grown because of the ice shows, more children have to deal with. So what is left to create conditions which, because now, to Prieur, Kirov engaged young athletes when they are both on the ice 60. That's impossible! It's just like so stand up and everything!

    - What kind of figure skating is there to say?
    But they will build a new rink. It will appear in 2012, now we just discussed it with the governor. I may be able to return to the Kirov, but now as a coach. But only if the normal roller: and coaches and athletes need conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom_shafan View Post
    I said that we need to return the coaches who have left Russia, because they are now working abroad and raise our rivals.
    Seriously? :sheesh: It was fun the first time they said it post-Vancouver. Now they keep repeating it and actually do try to enforce such thinking, I wonder if other countries should adopt a policy where money shouldn't flow to Russia because they are used to train Russian skaters. That kind of thinking is beyond stupid. When Tarasova and Morozov coached B/K to the top of the world, ahead of L/A in 2003, why didn't they think about recalling Russian coaches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallylutz View Post
    Seriously? :sheesh: It was fun the first time they said it post-Vancouver. Now they keep repeating it and actually do try to enforce such thinking, I wonder if other countries should adopt a policy where money shouldn't flow to Russia because they are used to train Russian skaters. That kind of thinking is beyond stupid. When Tarasova and Morozov coached B/K to the top of the world, ahead of L/A in 2003, why didn't they think about recalling Russian coaches?
    It was first said many years before Vancouver. And she is right. Do you know how many coaches left Russia in early 90's and then? For example, US Nationals ice dance. About 20 (!) couples there had Russian coaches. If they could make money and had all they need for a good work (ice time, etc.) in Russia, most of them wouldn't leave and that's what Oksana is talking about. Now it's getting better and many coaches are back. TAT, Zhulin, Morozov, rumors says that Linichuk is also thinking about that. It's not like Russian coaches should work only in Russia with Russian skaters. But too many of them have left and some (if not most of them) will choose to return if they have a chance to be as successful in Russia as they are abroad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fashionista View Post
    ???
    When he tried out with Jana Khokhlova it was supposed they would skate for Russia.
    And I'm not even talking about of all the advantages he gets if he skates for Russia.

    Anyway I read somewhere in Russian media that Oksana officially announced about her retirement.
    No, she did not. An article appeared in the Russian press, quoting Roman Kostomarov saying that Oksana was done with her competitive career, mostly to stop rumors that the two of them were planning to train together in view of a return for Sochi 2014. That's far from an official announcement.
    Officially Oksana and Maxim are taking one year off, and so far that's the only official news about their status.

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