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World Figure Skating Championships: Domnina and Shabalin Edge Out Belbin and Agosto for the Gold

Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin put Russia back on the map in Ice Dancing, as they won their first ice dancing gold at the World Championships. This was their first medal at Worlds and the first for a Russian couple in four years. Domnina and Shabalin’s performance, which was to Khatchaturian’s “Spartacus,” may not have been the most emotional dance of the night, but it was a difficult program and the Russians delivered.

After the performance, Maxim Shabalin said that “we gave so much power today, I am feeling just empty. At the end of the program I said ‘thank God.’ This probably means very, very much but right now I am not feeling anything. We reached a goal we have been living for and strived to achieve for many years.”

The American team of Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto had to settle for their second silver medal at the World Championships. They performed a very emotional and dramatic routine to Puccini’s “Tosca” and at the end of the program, Belbin looked to be overcome with emotions. In the end, however, it wasn’t enough to defeat the Russians and become the first American pair to win the gold at the World Champioships.

After the Free Dance, Belbin said that “we really improved and we are just happy to show the program and what we have developed this year.” Agosto added “This year we made so many changes. The coaching change and just trying to change everything about the way we perform. This program allowed us to develop a new side and show our new adult, mature sense.”

The Canadian team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took the bronze.

Here are the Free Dance performances of the top four finishers:

Oksana Domnina/Maxim Shabalin

Tanith Belbin/Benjamin Agosto

Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir

Meryl Davis/Charlie White

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