I want him to earn his own medals, then it will be more valuable. He must do it."Willowy, with an elegant, ethereal style, Ivan Bukin and his partner Alexandra Stepanova are growing into some of the world's best ice dancers, a point they underlined with two Grand Prix podiums this season.

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14, 1989, file photo, Soviet ice dancers Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin perform in Moscow, Russia.

Ivan Bukin is under enough pressure trying to qualify for his first Olympics, even without a famous name to live up to.

Now we've grown up a bit."Some fans assume they're a couple — just as many did 30 years ago with Andrei Bukin and his partner Natalia Bestemianova.

They were never romantically involved, Andrei Bukin said, but still skate together in shows.

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21, 2017, file photo, Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, of Russia, react after skating their free dance at the Rostelekom Cup ISU Grand Prix figure skating event in Moscow, Russia.Mansour, 21, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Can., has been skating since she was just 2-years-old.“Where I’m from, everyone skates,” said Mansour. Mansour changed from singles skating to ice dancing early on and moved to Florida with her family when she was 12.Three years ago, she was in New Jersey training, when she knew it was time for a change and a new partner. More than 4,000 miles away across the Atlantic Ocean, Ceska was also at a turning point.Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Cortney Mansour and Michal Ceska have a date with destiny.They set their course long ago, and this week the two ice dance teams will compete against each other, three more teams from the Novi Ice Arena as well as teams from all over the world on their sport’s biggest stage, the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. All the world championship ice dance competitors have arrived at this point by virtue of hard work, dedication and the number of points they have accrued from other competitions during the course of the season.Stepanova had dreamed of being an ice star from a young age, but when she arrived in Moscow to join up with Bukin, she had nowhere to stay.