Ekaterina Gordeeva (cool slide show for real fans)



Ekaterina Gordeeva (cool slide show for real fans)
Ekaterina “Katia” Alexandrovna Gordeeva( Russian :Екатерина Александровна Гордеева ) (born May 28, 1971) is aRussian(formerSoviet )figure skater . Together with her partner and husband, the lateSergei Grinkov , she was the 1988 and 1994OlympicChampion and four-timeWorldChampion inPair Skating . After Grinkov’s death, Gordeeva continued performing as a singles skater.Gordeeva is now married to the1998 Olympicmen’s singles champion,Ilia Kulik .Gordeeva and Kulik married in a private ceremony inSan Francisco , California, USA, on June 10, 2002. Often called “Katia,” Gordeeva was born inMoscow ,Soviet Union(nowRussia ) to Elena Lvovna Gordeeva, a teletype operator forTASS , and Alexander Alexeyevich Gordeev, a dancer for theAlexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble . Gordeeva said, ” worked with me on movement very often when I was little.” Gordeeva has a younger sister, Maria Alexandrovna Gordeeva (born 1975), who lives in Moscow.Gordeeva began skating at age four, wearing multiple pairs of socks inside skates many sizes too big, because skates small enough for her feet were unavailable in the Soviet Union. Gordeeva began figure skating at age four, when she enteredChildren and Youth Sports SchoolofCSKA Moscow . She was not a particularly strong jumper, and in August 1981, coach Vladimir Zaharov paired the 11-year-old Gordeeva with the 15-year-old Sergei Grinkov. Because Grinkov frequently missed practice, their coach eventually insisted that Gordeeva pair with someone else, but she refused. Instead, the pair changed coaches. Gordeeva and Grinkov won the 1985World Junior ChampionshipsinColorado Springs, Colorado . The following year they won the first of their fourWorld Championships . They are one of the few pair teams to win back-to-back junior and senior World Championship titles. They successfully defended their World title in 1987 and then won gold at the1988 Winter OlympicsinCalgary, Alberta ,Canada , despite a nasty accident. In November 1987, Grinkov caught a blade on the ice during a practice session and dropped Gordeeva on her forehead. She was hospitalized for a time, but they were still able to compete in, and win, the1988 Winter Olympicswhich began the following February. They remain theyoungest pairs teamever to win Olympic gold. After a fall in their long program, they took silver at the World Championships in 1988, but reclaimed the title in 1989 and 1990. They turned professional in the fall 1990, winning their first World Professional Championship in 1991. They also won that title in 1992 and 1994.Gordeeva and Grinkov won almost every competition they entered. In the 31 competitions whose results are known at the senior and professional levels, they finished first 24 times, and never lower than second from the time they won their first senior world title. They are one of the few pair teams in history to successfully complete a quadruple twist lift in international competition. They landed the difficult element with ease at the 1987 World Championships. They also completed the element at the 1987 European Championships, but due to a problem with Grinkov’s boot strap and a misunderstanding about the rules (the referee signaled them to stop, going so far as to turn off their music but they continued skating), they were disqualified from that event. They stopped performing the quad twist because it made no significant improvement to their marks, making the added physical stress unnecessary. Katia states in her book, “My Sergei: A Love Story” that this element raised her heart rate and blood pressure to levels that alarmed the Soviet team’s Doctors. By 1989, the skating partnership had grown into a romantic relationship. They shared their first kiss on New Year’s Eve 1988 and were married in April 1991. Their state wedding was on April 20, and the church wedding was on April 28. From November 1991 through April 1992, they toured withStars on Icefor the first time. On September 11, 1992, their daughter, Daria Sergeyevna Grinkova, was born inMorristown, New Jersey . Shortly after Daria’s birth, Gordeeva recommenced training for the new season of Stars on Ice, which premiered in November 1992 and continued through the following April. When a new ISU rule allowed professional skaters to regain their Olympic eligibility, the pair decided to return to amateur competition for the 1993–94 season and skate in the Olympics. In 1994, the couple won their second Olympic gold medal inLillehammer ,Oppland ,Norway . Arguably the
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