Alexandra Stepanova

Alexandra Nikolayevna Stepanova (Russian: Александра Николаевна Степанова; born 19 August 1995) is a Russian ice dancer. With her skating partner, Ivan Bukin, she is a four-time European medalist (silver in 2019, bronze in 2015, 2018 and 2020), the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki champion, the 2018 Rostelecom Cup champion, and a six-time Russian national medalist (2017–2020 silver, 2015–2016 bronze). In total, they have won seven medals on the Grand Prix series and three Finlandia Trophy titles.

Alexandra Stepanova
2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki Alexandra Stepanova Ivan Bukin 2018-11-03 22-44-41.jpg
Stepanova/Bukin at the 2018 Grand Prix Finland
Personal information
Native nameАлександра Николаевна Степанова
Full nameAlexandra Nikolayevna Stepanova
Country represented Russia
Born (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 (age 24)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
PartnerIvan Bukin
CoachAlexander Svinin
Irina Zhuk
ChoreographerIrina Zhuk
Aliona Samarskaia
Former choreographerIgor Pivorovich
Skating clubUOR No 4 Moscow
Training locationsMoscow
Began skating1999
ISU personal best scores
Combined total211.29
2020 European Figure Skating Championships
Short dance84.07
2019 NHK Trophy
Free dance127.64
2020 European Figure Skating Championships

Earlier in their career, Stepanova/Bukin won the 2013 World Junior Championships, 2012–13 JGP Final, and 2014 Russian Junior Championships.

Personal lifeEdit

Alexandra Nikolayevna Stepanova was born on 19 August 1995 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[1][2] Her mother is a former volleyball player and her father a speed skater.[3]

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Stepanova began learning to skate in 1999.[1] As a single skater, she struggled with jumps because of her long legs, leading her coach to redirect her into ice dancing.[3] Since there was no dance school in Saint Petersburg, she moved to Moscow.[3] Stepanova was partnered with Bukin in 2006 by coaches Irina Zhuk and Alexander Svinin.[3][4] She had no previous partners.

2010–2011 to 2011–2012Edit

Stepanova/Bukin debuted on the Junior Grand Prix series in the 2010–2011 season. They won both of their events and qualified for the 2010 JGP Final, where they won the bronze medal.

Stepanova/Bukin won both of their 2011–2012 JGP events, Romania and Italy. Their placements qualified them for the JGP Final where they placed fourth in the short and second in the free dance to receive the bronze medal. They won silver at the 2012 Russian Junior Championships. Stepanova/Bukin then competed at the 2012 World Junior Championships and won the silver medal.

2012–2013 season: World Junior titleEdit

Stepanova/Bukin won gold medals at their JGP events in Turkey and Germany, qualifying them for the JGP Final in Sochi, Russia.[5] They won the gold medal in their third appearance at the final. Stepanova/Bukin withdrew from the 2013 Russian Junior Championships due to Bukin's cold and sinusitis.[6] They were assigned to the 2013 World Junior Championships where they won the gold medal, more than seven points ahead of French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron. After the event, the duo and their coaches discussed whether to move up to the senior level.[7]

2013–2014 season: Senior debutEdit

Stepanova/Bukin decided to make their senior debut in the 2013–2014 season. They were assigned to one Grand Prix event, the 2013 Skate Canada, and finished eighth. They came in fifth at the 2013 Winter Universiade. At the Russian Championships, Stepanova/Bukin finished sixth on the senior level and won gold on the junior level ahead of Yanovskaya/Mozgov. They were assigned to the 2014 World Junior Championships but withdrew due to illness.[8]

2014–2015 season: European bronzeEdit

Stepanova/Bukin began their season with a gold medal at the 2014 Finlandia Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series (CS) event. Their first Grand Prix medal, bronze, came at the 2014 Skate America. At the 2014 Rostelecom Cup, they finished fifth.[9] Stepanova/Bukin took bronze at the 2015 Russian Championships and were assigned to the 2015 European Championships in Stockholm. They were awarded the bronze medal in Sweden, ahead of Elena Ilinykh / Ruslan Zhiganshin. They ended their season at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, finishing ninth.

2015–2016 seasonEdit

Stepanova/Bukin had planned to begin the 2015–2016 season at the 2015 CS Finlandia Trophy, however, they withdrew because Bukin's off-season illness had slowed their preparations for the season. At the 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard, they placed third in the short dance, which was accepted as the final result following the competition's cancellation due to the November 2015 Paris attacks. They finished fourth overall at their next Grand Prix event, the 2015 NHK Trophy. Stepanova/Bukin edged out Ilinykh/Zhiganshin for the bronze medal at the Russian Championships in late December in Ekaterinburg and finished as the third Russian team, in fifth place, in January 2016 at the European Championships in Bratislava.

Stepanova/Bukin were assigned to the 2016 World Championships in Boston after Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev withdrew due to a positive doping sample.[10] They finished eleventh in the competition after placing eleventh in both the short and free dance.

2016–2017 seasonEdit

Stepanova/Bukin started their season on the Challenger Series, at the 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy. Ranked first in both segments, they earned personal best score and won the gold medal by a margin of 7.07 points over silver medalists Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue. Their Grand Prix assignments were the 2016 Skate Canada International, where they placed fifth, and 2016 Cup of China, where they won the bronze medal.

In December 2016 they won the silver medal at the 2017 Russian Championships. They later competed at the 2017 European Championships, where they placed fifth, and at the 2017 World Championships where they placed tenth.

2017–2018 season: Second European bronzeEdit

Stepanova/Bukin started their season by winning the silver medal at the 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy. They then won two bronze medals in the Grand Prix series, the first bronze came at the 2017 Rostelecom Cup and the second bronze came at the 2017 Internationaux de France. They then won the silver medal at the 2018 Russian Championships. A month later they won the Bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships after placing second in the short dance and 3rd in the free dance.

They were not sent to the 2018 Winter Olympics because it was announced by the Russian Figure Skating Federation on 23 January 2018 that the International Olympic Committee did not invite Bukin to compete.[11][12]

They later competed at the 2018 World Championships where they finished seventh after placing seventh in both the short dance and the free dance.[12]

2018–2019 season: European silverEdit

Stepanova/Bukin started their season at the 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy where they won the gold medal with a personal best score of 200.78 points. This was already their third victory at the Finlandia Trophy since they had won this event also in 2014 and 2016.

In early November Stepanova/Bukin won their first Grand Prix gold medal at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki. They were ranked first in both the Rhythm dance and the free dance and won the gold medal by a margin of about 4 points over the silver medalists, Charlène Guignard / Marco Fabbri. Two weeks later they won their second Grand Prix gold medal at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup. They were ranked first in both programs and beat the silver medalists, Sara Hurtado / Kirill Khaliavin by about 25 points. With two Grand Prix gold medals they qualified for the 2018–19 Grand Prix Final, where they finished fourth.

At the 2019 Russian Championships, Stepanova/Bukin placed second in both programs, taking their third consecutive silver medal, behind Victoria Sinitsina / Nikita Katsalapov, who had also finished ahead of them at the Grand Prix Final. Reflecting afterward, Stepanova said "we didn’t skate without mistakes at nationals and we know what we have to work on. There is nothing we can leave out. We have to work on everything—on technique, emotions and our mistakes, every day. You need to skate perfectly."[13]

Competing next at the 2019 European Championships, Stepanova/Bukin placed second in the rhythm dance, behind Papadakis/Cizeron, earning their best score to date on the Tango Romantica pattern dance and capitalizing on serious errors by rivals Sinitsina/Katsalapov.[14] They placed second in the free dance as well, winning the silver medal overall. Bukin called it "a big step forward for us."[15] Stepanova/Bukin concluded the season at the 2019 World Championships, where they placed third in the rhythm dance, winning a small bronze medal, but dropped to fourth place after the free dance. Stepanova pronounced them "ready to fight for the top three in the world."[16]

2019–2020 season: Third European bronzeEdit

Having skipped the Challenger series due to Stepanova recovering from a back injury, they began the season at 2019 Skate America. They placed second in the short program.[17] They narrowly won the free dance over gold medalists Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue, taking silver overall. Stepanova said she was "more pleased with our performance than yesterday."[18] They won a second silver medal at the 2019 NHK Trophy, qualifying to their second Grand Prix Final.[19] They placed fourth at the Final for the second year, notably placing ahead of domestic rivals Sinitsina/Katsalapov.[20]

Competing at the 2020 Russian Championships, Stepanova/Bukin were second in the rhythm dance.[21] They placed first in the free dance, but remained in second place overall behind Sinitsina/Katsalapov. Stepanova remarked "we’re happy with what we did."[22]

In January they competed at the 2020 European Championships in Graz, Austria. They placed fourth in the rhythm dance and third in the free dance, taking their fourth European medal, a bronze, behind Russian teammates Sinitsina/Katsalapov and Papadakis/Cizeron of France.

ProgramsEdit

(with Bukin)

 
Stepanova/Bukin at the 2018 Grand Prix Finland
 
Stepanova/Bukin at the 2014 Skate America
 
Stepanova/Bukin at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Season Rhythm dance Free dance Exhibition
2019–2020
[23]
2018–2019
[24][12]

  • The Candle Was Burning (Свеча горела на столе…)
    by Alla Pugacheva
Short dance
2017–2018
[25]

2016–2017
[1][27]
2015–2016
[28][29]
Waltz and foxtrot:
2014–2015
[30]
2013–2014
[31]
  • Quickstep: I Can't Touch It
  • Foxtrot: Sixteen Tons
  • Quickstep: Big and Bad
2012–2013
[32]
  • Swing, Swing, Swing
  • Boogie All Night Long
  • Blues
  • Flamenco Boléro
    by Gustavo Montesano
  • I Surrender
    by Celine Dion
2011–2012
[33]
  • Caramelo
  • La Colegiala
2010–2011
[34]
Original dance
2009–2010

Records and achievementsEdit

(with Bukin)

Competitive highlightsEdit

(with Bukin)

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[35]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds 9th 11th 10th 7th 4th
Europeans 3rd 5th 5th 3rd 2nd 3rd
GP Final 4th 4th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP Finland 1st
GP France 3rd 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 4th 2nd
GP Rostelecom 5th 3rd 1st
GP Skate America 3rd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 8th 5th
CS Finlandia 1st 1st 2nd 1st
Universiade 5th
International: Junior[35]
Junior Worlds 2nd 1st WD
JGP Final 3rd 3rd 1st
JGP France 1st
JGP Germany 1st
JGP Italy 1st
JGP Japan 1st
JGP Romania 1st
JGP Turkey 1st
Pavel Roman 1st J
NRW Trophy 2nd J
National[36]
Russian Champ. 6th 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Russian Junior 7th 4th 2nd WD 1st
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Detailed resultsEdit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

 
Stepanova/Bukin perform their short dance at the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow
2019–20 season
Date Event RD FD Total
20–26 January 2020 2020 European Championships 4
83.65
3
127.64
3
211.29
24–29 December 2019 2020 Russian Championships 2
87.13
1
132.59
2
219.72
4–8 December 2019 2019–20 Grand Prix Final 5
81.14
5
123.74
4
204.88
22–24 November 2019 2019 NHK Trophy 2
84.07
2
124.74
2
208.81
18–20 October 2019 2019 Skate America 2
81.91
1
124.66
2
206.57
2018–19 season
Date Event RD FD Total
18–24 March 2019 2019 World Championships 3
83.10
4
125.42
4
208.52
21–27 January 2019 2019 European Championships 2
81.37
2
125.04
2
206.41
19–23 December 2018 2019 Russian Championships 2
81.95
2
126.54
2
208.49
6–9 December 2018 2018–19 Grand Prix Final 4
77.20
4
119.52
4
196.72
16–18 November 2018 2018 Rostelecom Cup 1
74.49
1
124.94
1
199.43
2–4 November 2018 2018 Grand Prix Finland 1
78.18
1
121.91
1
200.09
4–7 October 2018 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 1
79.16
1
121.62
1
200.78
2017–18 season
Date Event SD FD Total
19–25 March 2018 2018 World Championships 7
74.50
7
109.51
7
184.01
15–21 January 2018 2018 European Championships 2
75.38
3
109.48
3
184.86
21–24 December 2017 2018 Russian Championships 2
76.97
2
111.31
2
188.28
17–19 November 2017 2017 Internationaux de France 3
70.02
4
107.22
3
177.24
20–22 October 2017 2017 Rostelecom Cup 3
71.32
3
108.03
3
179.35
6–8 October 2017 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy 2
70.27
2
96.61
2
166.88
2016–17 season
Date Event SD FD Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships 10
69.07
9
105.63
10
174.70
25–29 January 2017 2017 European Championships 6
68.17
5
98.76
5
166.93
20–26 December 2016 2017 Russian Championships 2
76.47
2
113.07
2
189.54
18–20 November 2016 2016 Cup of China 3
72.09
3
105.32
3
177.41
28–30 October 2016 2016 Skate Canada 5
68.12
5
99.98
5
168.10
6–10 October 2016 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy 1
69.63
1
103.20
1
172.83
2015–16 season
Date Event SD FD Total
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships 11
63.84
11
99.46
11
163.30
26–31 January 2016 2016 European Championships 5
66.65
5
98.90
5
165.55
23–27 December 2015 2016 Russian Championships 3
68.56
4
101.70
3
170.26
27–29 November 2015 2015 NHK Trophy 4
61.96
4
98.68
4
160.64
13–15 November 2015 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard 3
60.64
cancelled 3
60.64
2014–15 season
Date Event SD FD Total
23–29 March 2015 2015 World Championships 14
59.62
7
97.33
9
156.95
26 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2015 2015 European Championships 4
64.95
3
96.00
3
160.95
24–27 December 2014 2015 Russian Championships 2
66.37
3
99.82
3
166.19
14–16 November 2014 2014 Rostelecom Cup 5
56.90
5
86.61
5
143.51
24–26 October 2014 2014 Skate America 3
56.37
3
87.50
3
143.87
10–12 October 2014 2014 Finlandia Trophy 1
59.46
1
93.36
1
152.82
 
Stepanova/Bukin perform their short dance at the 2012–13 JGP Final
 
Stepanova/Bukin perform their short dance at the 2011–12 JGP Final
 
Stepanova/Bukin perform their short dance at the 2010–11 JGP Final
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
23–25 January 2014 2014 Russian Junior Championships Junior 1
69.12
1
95.19
1
164.31
24–27 December 2013 2014 Russian Championships Senior 6
58.71
5
93.09
6
151.80
13–14 December 2013 2013 Winter Universiade Senior 6
51.04
3
88.24
5
139.28
25–27 October 2013 2013 Skate Canada International Senior 6
55.63
8
77.49
8
133.12
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
27 Feb. – 3 March 2013 2013 World Junior Championships Junior 1
64.65
1
85.52
1
150.17
6–9 December 2012 2012–13 JGP Final Junior 1
61.18
1
88.39
1
149.57
10–13 October 2012 2012 JGP Germany Junior 1
60.28
1
86.82
1
147.10
20–22 September 2012 2012 JGP Turkey Junior 1
59.32
1
88.41
1
147.73
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
27 Feb. – 4 March 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 2
62.68
2
85.06
2
147.74
5–7 February 2012 2012 Russian Junior Championships Junior 2
64.48
2
91.24
2
155.72
8–11 December 2011 2011–12 JGP Final Junior 4
52.48
2
82.69
3
135.17
6–8 October 2011 2011 JGP Italy Junior 1
62.86
1
87.12
1
149.98
22–24 September 2011 2011 JGP Romania Junior 1
57.15
1
77.14
1
134.29
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SD FD Total
2–4 February 2011 2011 Russian Junior Championships Junior 4
57.69
5
81.88
4
139.57
9–12 December 2010 2010–11 JGP Final Junior 3
53.59
3
76.35
3
129.94
22–26 September 2010 2010 JGP Japan Junior 2
53.28
1
76.80
2
130.08
25–28 August 2010 2010 JGP France Junior 1
47.98
1
69.62
1
117.60
2009–10 season
Date Event Level CD OD FD Total
3–6 February 2010 2010 Russian Junior Championships Junior 8
30.18
7
47.36
9
72.38
7
149.92
6–8 November 2009 2009 NRW Trophy Junior 2
-
2
-
2
-
2
149.92

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External linksEdit

  Media related to Alexandra Stepanova at Wikimedia Commons

World Record Holders
Preceded by
  Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue
Rhythm Dance
6 October 2018 – 26 October 2018
Succeeded by
  Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue
Preceded by
  Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue
Free Dance
7 October 2018 – 21 October 2018
17 November 2018 – 24 November 2018
Succeeded by
  Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron
Preceded by
  Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue
Ice Dance Total Score
7 October 2018 – 21 October 2018
Succeeded by
  Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue