Ekaterina Gordeeva

Figure Skater
Born May 28, 1971

Ekaterina "Katia" Alexandrovna Gordeeva is a Russian figure skater. Together with her late partner and husband Sergei Grinkov, she was the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion and four-time World Champion in pair skating. After her husband's death, she continued performing as a singles skater.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ekaterina Gordeeva.


1971 Birth Born on May 28, 1971.
1981 10 Years Old Gordeeva began figure skating at age four, when she entered Children and Youth Sports School of CSKA 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. … Read More


1985 14 Years Old Gordeeva and Grinkov won the 1985 World Junior Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. … Read More
1987 16 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 1987, Grinkov caught a blade on the ice during a practice session and dropped Gordeeva on her forehead.
1988 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Together with her partner and husband, the late Sergei Grinkov, she was the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion and four-time World Champion in Pair Skating. … Read More
1989 18 Years Old 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. … Read More


1991 20 Years Old Gordeeva and Grinkov had a state wedding on April 20, 1991, and a church wedding on April 28. … Read More
1992 21 Years Old 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. … Read More
1996 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1996, Gordeeva returned to the ice, this time as a solo performer. … Read More
Gordeeva is now married to the 1998 Olympic men's singles champion, Ilia Kulik.


2001 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, she was the subject of a Lenox figurine called "Katia's Celebration of Life", which depicts her performing a layback spin in the tribute she skated for Grinkov. She also appeared in the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue as a featured athlete.
2002 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Gordeeva and Kulik married in a private ceremony in San Francisco, California, USA, on June 10, 2002. … Read More
2003 32 Years Old In 2003, she appeared on the ice for the first time with Daria. … Read More
2007 36 Years Old 1 More Event
During that show in 2007, the mother-daughter duo became a trio when they were joined by Gordeeva's younger daughter, Liza, and all three skated together to "Homesick" performed live by The Cheetah Girls. … Read More
2008 37 Years Old In 2008, she flew to the United States from Russia during the taping of Ice Age 2 in order to headline Skate for the Heart a second time. … Read More
In 2010 Gordeeva competed with hockey player Valeri Bure in the figure skating reality show Battle of the Blades.


2012 41 Years Old In 2012, Kulik and Gordeeva opened Kulik's Skating, an ice rink and figure skating training environment in Lake Forest, California. … Read More
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