|Full name||Natalia Filimonovna Bestemianova|
|Alternative names||Natalya Bestemyanova|
|Former country(ies) represented||Soviet Union|
|Born||6 January 1960|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Former partner||Andrei Bukin|
|Former coach||Tatiana Tarasova|
Natalia Filimonovna Bestemianova or Bestemyanova (Russian: Наталья Филимоновна Бестемьянова, born 6 January 1960) 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
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. 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. Together, they run Moscow Stars on Ice.
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.
Ice dance with Bukin
|Season||Original set pattern||Free dance||Exhibition|
|1987–1988||Tango Hernando's Hideaway||Polovetsian Dances|
|1985–1986||Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini|
|1981–1982||FD: "Sabre Dance" by Aram Khatchaturian, "Romeo and Juliet" by Tchiakovsky,
Finale from "William Tell" Overture by Rossini (modern piano version)
- 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.
- Great Russian Encyclopedia (2005), Moscow: Bol'shaya Rossiyskaya enciklopediya Publisher, vol. 3
- Torchio, Chiara (November 25, 2007). "Bestemianova, Bukin & Bobrin land in Italy". ArtOnIce.it. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- "Cup of Professionals". Channel One (Russia). Archived from the original on 2012-03-02.