Natalia Bestemianova

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Natalia Bestemianova
Personal information
Full nameNatalia Filimonovna Bestemianova
Alternative namesNatalya Bestemyanova
Former country(ies) representedSoviet Union
Born (1960-01-06) 6 January 1960 (age 60)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former partnerAndrei Bukin
Former coachTatiana Tarasova

Natalia Filimonovna Bestemianova or Bestemyanova[1] (Russian: Наталья Филимоновна Бестемьянова,[2] born 6 January 1960)[3] is a Russian ice dancer who competed for the Soviet Union. With her partner Andrei Bukin, she is the 1988 Olympic Champion, 1984 Olympic silver medalist, four-time World champion, three-time World silver medalist, and five-time European champion.

Life and career[edit]

Bestemianova was coached by Tatiana Tarasova and competed in ice dance with Andrei Bukin. In 1984, she was named an Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR.[3] Bestemianova and Bukin capped their lengthy career by winning the gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics and that year's World Figure Skating Championships. The Besti Squat was Bestemianova's signature move and is unofficially named for her.

In 1983, Bestemianova married Igor Bobrin. After she finished her career she performed in the Ice Miniature Theater, led by her husband. She is the stepmother of Maxim, Igor's son from his previous marriage.[3] Together, they run Moscow Stars on Ice.[4]

In 2006–2008, Bestemianova appeared as a coach and show-host in the Russian version of the British show Dancing on Ice, shown on Russian RTR. In early 2007, she appeared as a member of the ice panel for the British show Dancing on Ice, shown on ITV1. In 2011—2012, Bestemianova was on the panel of judges for the Channel One (Russia) television show Cup of Professionals.[5]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Ice dance with Bukin[edit]

Event 77–78 78–79 79–80 80–81 81–82 82–83 83–84 84–85 85–86 86–87 87–88
Olympics 8th 2nd 1st
Worlds 10th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Europeans 6th 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Skate America 2nd
NHK Trophy 1st 1st
Moscow News 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st
Soviet Champ. 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 1st

Ladies' singles[edit]

Event 1976–77
Prague Skate 5th


(With Bukin)

Season Original set pattern Free dance Exhibition
1987–1988 Tango Hernando's Hideaway Polovetsian Dances
1986–1987 Cabaret medley
1985–1986 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
1984–1985 Carmen
1983–1984 Paso Doble
1981–1982 FD: "Sabre Dance" by Aram Khatchaturian, "Romeo and Juliet" by Tchiakovsky,

Finale from "William Tell" Overture by Rossini (modern piano version)


See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Список кандидатов в спортивные сборные команды Российской Федерации по фигурному катанию на коньках на 2011–2012 гг. [2011–2012 list] (PDF). Russian Figure Skating Federation (in Russian). Russian Sports Ministry. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Great Russian Encyclopedia (2005), Moscow: Bol'shaya Rossiyskaya enciklopediya Publisher, vol. 3
  4. ^ Torchio, Chiara (November 25, 2007). "Bestemianova, Bukin & Bobrin land in Italy". Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Cup of Professionals". Channel One (Russia). Archived from the original on 2012-03-02.

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