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Ekaterina Gordeeva, "Inspiration on Ice"

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Ekaterina Gordeeva

Her life and destiny is called by the journalist as a way from triumph to tragedy and back. Ekaterina Gordeeva, Russian (former Soviet) pair skater and solo skater after the death of her partner and husband Sergei Grinkov.

Ekaterina Gordeeva was born on May 28, 1971 in Moscow. She started professional training at the age or 10.

Together with Sergei Grinkov, her partner and later husband, she was the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion. 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 were most loved skating couple in the USSR.

Arguably the most influential, celebrated, and highly decorated pair team in the history of the sport, many consider them to be the greatest pair team ever to take the ice.

On November 20, 1995, Sergei Grinkov collapsed on the ice and died at age 28 from a massive heart attack. In February 1996, Gordeeva returned to the ice, this time as a solo performer. Her first solo performance was a tribute to her husband. Gordeeva is also a coach and choreographer and an author of the books "My Sergei: A Love Story" and A Letter for Daria, devoted to her and Sergei's daughter Daria Sergeievna Grinkova.

Since Sergei's deathe Gordeeva cntinued touring with Stars on Ice show. In addition to tours and shows, Gordeeva competed successfully as a professional solo skater, finishing as high as second place at the World Professional Championships (in 1998). She stopped competing in 2000, but continues to skate in professional skating tours, shows and competitions.

She also briefly returned to pairs skating during the 2008-09 season when she participated in a Russian reality television show called "Ice Age 2.

Gordeeva and her daughter, Daria, appeared in the 1997 holiday movie "Snowden on Ice" and Gordeeva appeared in the 1998 sequel, "Snowden's Raggedy Ann and Andy Holiday Show". She has represented Rolex and also appeared with Daria in a "Got Milk?" ad. Also in 2003, she appeared on the ice for the first time with Daria. The pair performed a duet during a Mother's Day show.

Katia also continues to honor the memory of her late husband in her efforts to raise heart disease awareness. During the Fall of 2007, she starred in "Skate for the Heart" a show designed to raise awareness of heart disease. She skated in honor of Sergei.

In addition to her skating, Gordeeva has ventured into the arenas of coaching and choreography.

She is married to Ilia Kulik, a famous figure stater and has a second daughter Liza, also engaged in figure-skating. The family currently reside in Newport Beach, California.

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