The Soviets have dominated the ice dancing competition in figure skating seemingly since the dawn of man….and this 1986 World Figure Skating Championship competition was no exception….as legendary USSR pair Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin took gold….USSR Marina Klimova + Sergei Ponomarenko gathered the silver medal…. while the Canadian pair of Tracy Wilson + Robert McCall interrupted total Soviet dominance by beating out USSR Natalia Annenko + Genrikh Sretenski for the bronze medal. It is this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s opinion that at the core of the Russian dominance in ice dancing….and figure skating…over the years is due to the same reason that they have so many legends of ballet….Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Ulanova and Nijinsky et al….the Russian simply love dance….be it a ballet or an ice dance.
Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin are legendary ice dancers that competed for the Soviet Union….who won the gold medal at the 1988 Calgary Olympics….and the silver medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics….while also being four-time World champions (as one of those is seen in this video herewith)….plus being three-time World silver medalist….and five-time European champions. This outstanding Soviet ice dancing team of Bestemianova + Bukin was coached by Tatiana Tarasova.
In 1984, Natalia Bestemianova was named an Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR….then Bestemianova + Bukin capped their sucvessful lengthy careers by winning the gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics….and that year’s World Figure Skating Championships….in which the pair performed “The Besti Squat”…. which was Bestemianova’s signature move and is unofficially named for her.
Most every sports fan that enjoys figure skating….certainly are fans of the ice dancing competition….and there are very few that could match the talent and flair that Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin brought to the ice….which makes this video dang near MUST SEE TV!!!