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Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championships Ice Dancing Finals – USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

Natalia Bestemianova is a Russian ice dancer who competed for the Soviet Union with her partner Andrei Bukin….who together won the gold in Pairs Figure Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics….the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics silver medalist….along with being the four-time World champions…..and three-time World silver medalist…..plus, the five-time European champion. 

Bestemianova and Butkin were coached by legendary ice dancing coach Tatiana Tarasova…..when they capped their lengthy career by winning the gold medal at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games….along with winning gold at that year’s World Figure Skating Championships. The Besti Squat was Bestemianova’s signature move and is unofficially named for her. 


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