Оksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin will be the main contenders at Vancouver Olympic Games. Phото:AFP/Getty Images/Harry How
Hello to everyone at Sports.ru and at our оfficial site! Maxim and I were recently in Moscow to compete in the Grand Prix event. Unfortunately, due to health reasons we were forced to skip the competition. I am already back in America. I'm training and thinking about home, and ready tell you about our Olympic programs.
We arrived in Moscow one week before the event. Since we were home, we thought it would be a good idea for Max to go for a check-up. The doctors' advise was that we should be cautious now, if we want to compete at the Olympics later. So we decided to take a break now, rather than being sorry when the big moment comes. Of course Maxim was really disappointed, but he took it well. The coaches and I thought he would say " No, I want to compete", like he did last year, but he's being careful this time. We decided to skip both Grand Prix events: since Maxim is currently not training it would have been impossible for us to compete after a two weeks break.
The coaches and I thought he would say " No, I want to compete", like he did last year, but he's being careful this time.
Of course there's nothing good about the fact good that we are skipping the Grand Prix. First of all, the judges need to see us and get used to our new programs and I think this will happen at the Europeans. Second, we ourselves need to compete! We hope we can make up for these aspects in which we are lacking, and be fully ready to compete for the Olympics.
I'm always so busy in Moscow. I trained in Odintsovo. Of course not on the ice with Gorshkov/Petukhov's group. I've been given individual ice time. We are now in good terms with Gorshkov. Time passed by, things calmed down and everything is ok now. Unfortunately, I am sad to say the same cannot be said about our relationship with Sergei Petukhov.
I know so many people in Moscow and I must find the time to see them all. I didn't want to go back to the US, but there's nothing I can do about it. We need to hang in there a little longer and then we'll be back home and everything will be alright.
After the Olympics we would really like to keep performing, compete, fight...but I think health will not allow it. Of course we could hope that after a year's break and treatment Maxim's knee will be healed, but I doubt it. I don't want to think about it now, me must first wait until after the Olympics.
During my stay in Russia I attended the ice dance competition at the "Rostelecom Cup"
Everyone skated well, but I didn't see anything really original. I liked Rubleva/Shefer, they definitely improved. I root for Riazanova/Tkachenko, I really wish everything worked out for them.
I know so many people in Moscow and I must find the time to see them all. I didn't want to go back to the US, but there's nothing I can do about it.
Now I'm going to tell you about our Olympic programs. Our original dance this year is...well, really original! It's a dance of the Aboriginal: there are drums, mysterious voices. The music, the choreography, the costumes, even ourselves: everything is new. Maxim and I like it a lot. It was Natalia Vladimirovna Linichuck who introduced us to the music. We refused it for quite a long time because we couldn't even start to imagine the result. Then we decided to go for it and we started to work. We found a couple of interesting solutions here and there....We decided that it will be something very unusual. We are not afraid to experiment with the original dance in the Olympic year. The free dance though, is all another story.
As the main part of our free dance we chose the soundtrack from a pretty obscure movie. I won't reveal the title because we don't want people to go watch the movie and then compare it to what we are doing. We also use the theme from "Requiem for a dream", but our dance has nothing to do with the movie. The story we want to tell on the ice is about love between a man and a woman.
Talking about our upcoming plans, we will definitely compete in the Russian Nationals. We are also considering to take part in the fourth event of the Russian Cup in Moscow in late November, but this is not sure yet.