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Ekaterina Gordeeva

Selected Writings By Gordeeva:

(With E.M. Swift) My Sergei: A Love Story, Warner, 1996.


1971 Born May 28 in Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia)
1975 Begins skating at the Central Army Club in Moscow
1982 Begins partnership with Sergei Grinkov
1984 Competes in junior world championships
1985 Competes in junior world championships
1986 Wins first of four world championships
1988 Competes in Calgary Olympics
1990 Quits amateur competition to become professional skater
1991 Marries Grinkov
1992 Gives birth to daughter Daria
1994 Competes in Lillehammer Olympic Games
1994 Begins skating for Stars on Ice
1995 Grinkov dies from a heart attack
1996 Begins solo skating career
1998 Meets skater Ilia Kulik, becomes romantically involved
2001 Gives birth to daughter, Elizaveta
2002 Marries Kulik; considers a career in coaching

Awards and Accomplishments

1985 Gold medal, junior world championships
1986-87, 1989-90 Gold medal, world championships
1988 Gold medal, Calgary Olympics
1994 Gold medal, Lillehammer Olympics

A Letter for Daria, Little, Brown, 1998.

Related Biography: Skater Sergei Grinkov

Born in Moscow on February 4, 1967, Sergei Grinkov was the son of Anna and Mikhail Grinkov, both officers in the Soviet Interior Ministry police. When he was five years old, his parents saw an advertisement in the paper saying that the Soviet Union was looking for its next group of Olympic champions, and they brought him to the Central Army skating rink for a free lesson. Grinkov was not an immediate sensation; his performance was uneven. However, he loved skating and preferred physical training to academic studies.

When he was fourteen, his coach, Stanislav Zhuk, suggested that he become a pairs skater. Grinkov was matched with the eleven-year-old Ekaterina Gordeeva, and initially told his coach, according to William Plummer in People, "I could never lift this girl!"

However, in time the two skaters developed a deep rapport, and won their first world title in 1986. In 1988 they won a gold medal at the Calgary Olympics, and won another gold at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994. They had been married in 1991 and had a daughter, Daria, and their new maturity gave depth and passion to their performance. Audiences were mesmerized both by their artistic and technical skill and by the obvious passion and romance between the two.

Their partnership ended tragically when Grinkov died suddenly on November 20, 1995, while training for a Stars on Ice show in Lake Placid, New York. Gordeeva took his body back to Russia, and he was buried in Moscow's Vaganskovskoye Cemetery.

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