An Olympic Champion Natalia Bestemianova commented on the result of the Russian ice dance duo Alexandra Stepanova – Ivan Bukin at Grand Prix Cup of China (3rd place):
Alexandra and Ivan were the best, and I don’t understand why no one sees it? It’s ice dances, which implies the relationship between a man and a woman.
The winners Shibutanies showed an interpretation of the music, wonderful modern dance, but not a duo, not a relationships between a man and a woman. Their skating also lacked speed.
Weaver and Poje showed real beautiful dance. But Stepanova and Bukin still were the best.
It’s time to stop the rat races, while our duets are fighting with each other, the foreigners win. I believe now is time to bet on a duet who can compete at this and next Olympics. I’m talking about Stepanova and Bukin.
Haha, why Russian ice dance is so funny? It’s almost like to watch a Brazilian soap opera)