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Andrei Bukin
Personal information
Full nameAndrei Anatolyevich Bukin
Alternative namesAndrey Bukin
Former country(ies) representedSoviet Union
Born (1957-06-10) 10 June 1957 (age 62)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Former partnerNatalia Bestemianova
Olga Abankina
Former coachTatiana Tarasova
Nadezhda Shirokova

Andrei Anatolievich Bukin (Russian: Андрей Анатольевич Букин, born 10 June 1957) is a Russian former ice dancer who represented the Soviet Union in his competitive career. With his partner Natalia Bestemianova, he is the 1988 Olympic Champion, 1984 Olympic silver medalist, four-time World champion, three-time World silver medalist, and five-time European champion.


Bukin began figure skating at age seven, entering the Children and Youth Sports School of CSKA in Moscow. The group trained at a small stadium in Chapayevsky Park near Pesochnaya Square. At age ten, he joined Spartak and began ice dancing, originally training at the Small Sports Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium. In his early career, he was coached by Nadezhda Shirokova and his ice dancing partner was Olga Abankinka, whom he married. In 1977, he joined the group of the famous coach Tatiana Tarasova,[1] who paired him with Natalia Bestemianova. Bukin was the USSR Olympic Team Flag Bearer at the 1988 Winter Olympics. The duo capped their lengthy career by winning the gold medal there and at that year's World Championships.

Personal life

Bukin married former ice dancing partner, Olga Abankina, with whom he has a son Andrei (born 1983).[2] With his current partner, Elena Vasiukova, a former ice dancer, he has a son, Ivan Bukin, born in 1993, who is also a competitive ice dancer.[3][2]

Competitive highlights

With Bestemianova

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

With Abankina

Event 1975–1976
Soviet Championships 5th


(With Bestemianova)

Season Original set pattern Free dance Exhibition
1987–1988 Polovetsian Dances
1986–1987 Cabaret medley


  1. ^ Ледовое трио Archived August 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Zanimonets, Anna (April 23, 2008). В моей жизни все запущено, меня вообще считают двоеженцем! (in Russian). Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  3. ^ Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin at the International Skating Union
  4. ^ Great Russian Encyclopedia (2005), Moscow: Bol'shaya Rossiyskaya enciklopediya Publisher, vol. 3


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