By Josh Massoud and Glen Foreman
In their first interview with Australian press, the pair also hinted the costumes, featuring brown body tights, white tribal paint and strategically placed foliage, had made the trip to Vancouver.
It had been reported they scrapped the outfits after causing deep offence to Aborigines, but Shabalin hinted that only minor changes had been made after research and a secret meeting with Indigenous Canadians yesterday.
"I don't know about this report (about our costumes being scrapped)," Shabalin said. "Maybe, maybe not."
Obviously, these skaters want to be hammered with criticism until they relent. Okay...if they insist, we'll oblige.
For more on the subject, see Russian Skaters Change Costumes and Russian Skaters Should Rethink Routine.
Below: "Russia's Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin in the controversial costumes." (Picture: AP)