This biography tells how Katia Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov met when she was eleven, and how they went on to become successful pairs skaters, winning four world championships, and two Olympic gold medals. It also tells how they fell in love over the course of training and competitions, married, had a daughter, and remained together until Sergei ...
This biography tells how Katia Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov met when she was eleven, and how they went on to become successful pairs skaters, winning four world championships, and two Olympic gold medals. It also tells how they fell in love over the course of training and competitions, married, had a daughter, and remained together until Sergei died of a fatal heart attack at the age of 28, while training with Katia. In this biography Katia recalls and celebrates their relationship.
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-23 In the former Soviet Union, the sports establishment, charged with producing winners for the greater glory of the empire, had almost unlimited power over the athletically gifted. Children as young as five or six were identified, sent to special schools and given rigorous training in the sports in which they were expected to excel. Two such youngsters were Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, paired as skaters by their teachers when they were 11 and 14, respectively. Throughout their training and into the start of their competitive careers, each thought of the other only as an athletic partner, partly because the four-year difference in their ages meant they had few friends in common. But as time passed and their joint career led to international championships, they fell in love and married. Their success culminated in Olympic gold medals in 1990 and 1994. And then, suddenly, Grinkov died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 28. The story of their love and their happiness together is deeply moving, and the final chapters are heartrending, while the many photos heighten the tale. First serial to People and Redbook; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates; author tour. (Nov.)
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