Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia skate off the ice after competing in the Free Dance during the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships on March 27, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Oksana Domnina;Maxim Shabalin (Getty Images)more pics »It looks like Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin have bowed to the international outcry following their choice to dress up as "Aboriginal" characters in their figure skating display. The Russian pairs skaters had come under scrutiny after many deemed their outfits offensive.
The offending costumes. (AP)
The costumes, which gave the two fair-skinned Russians dark skin and stereotypical accouterments of native Australians, were a big hit when they debuted. They won gold at the Russian figure skating championships with them.
While the two planned to bring the costumes to Vancouver, it now appears they have changed their mind. "On the eve of the Olympics, our guys have decided not to push their luck and go to war with the creators of the boomerang," the Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda wrote. "Oxana and Maxim have announced that they will perform in different costumes but have not given up the dance itself."