Ekaterina Gordeeva
Figure skater
Ekaterina Gordeeva
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.
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National NBC Broadcast in November - MarketWatch (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The PANDORA(R) Unforgettable Holiday Moments on Ice skating cast will also include two-time Olympic champion Ekaterina Gordeeva, 2006 world champion Kimmie Meissner, 1994 world champion Yuka Sato, three-time US champion Michael Weiss, 2003 world ice
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Battle of the Blades still a go - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Battle of the Blades was an instant hit among Canadian viewers when it debuted on CBC in the fall of 2009. Craig Simpson and Jamie Salé were the winners in the first season, while Valeri Bure and Ekaterina Gordeeva were the champions of the second
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Women's World Cup: The Beautiful Game - New Yorker (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Jerry Seinfeld had a funny bit once about girl gymnasts on this line; for myself Ekaterina Gordeeva is the one women in the world for whom I would leave my wife. (I will add that they resemble each other a little.) To women's soccer is added the oddity
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Top 10 CBC Shows - Crave Online
Google News - over 5 years
The popular reality show that teams up former NHLers with professional figure skaters has seen past winners like Valeri Bure and Ekaterina Gordeeva as well as Craig Simpson and Jamie Salé. - "The Nature of Things with Dr. David Suzuki" Canadian icon
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Dubreuil returns to 'Battle' two years after Season 1 concussion - The Canadian Press
Google News - over 5 years
"Last year (Ekaterina Gordeeva) was doing a throw double flip and a throw double flip is not super-hard but we had a hockey player putting a girl up into the air — she's flying 14 or 15 feet across the ice and he has to put her straight
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Весенний дайджест - Спорт Сегодня
Google News - over 5 years
Состав:Yuna Kim, Minjeong Kwak, Haejin Kim, Alissa Czisny, Ekaterina Gordeeva Jeremy Abbot, Brian Joubert, Stephane Lambiel, Ilia Kulik, Dan Zhang/Hao Zhang, Xue Shen/Hongbo Zhao Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat. Спортсмены радовали нас зажигательным и
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'Battle of the Blades' mastermind says NHLers intimidated by quality of skating - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - almost 6 years
Valeri Bure (left) and Ekaterina Gordeeva take to the ice as they celebrate winning the television ice dance competition 'Battle of The Blades in Toronto on Monday November 22, 2010 . "Battle of the Blades" mastermind Kevin Albrecht says the success of
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Kim to perform in Seoul this weekend - The Korea Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
Some of the world's top skaters, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Ekaterina Gordeeva and Ilia Kulik of Russia, the 2010-2011 Grand Prix Final champions Alissa Czisny, will join Kim on ice to excite Korean fans. Other medalists in the show
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LEADING OFF; Vikings' and Titans' Troubles Mount
NYTimes - over 6 years
It's time to look objectively at the two infernos blazing in the N.F.L. this week and decide: which one is uglier? Candidate No. 1 is the Vikings, who fired Coach Brad Childress weeks after the move might have done any good. On Monday the move seemed like the football equivalent of using a fire extinguisher on a volcano. The eruption has buried the
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What's On Sunday
NYTimes - over 7 years
9 P.M. (13, 49) PLACE OF EXECUTIONJuliet Stevenson stars as Catherine Heathcote, a television journalist and single mother bent on solving the 1963 disappearance of a 13-year-old girl whose body was never found -- despite a murder conviction in the case. In flashbacks more than 40 years earlier, Lee Ingleby plays George Bennett, a high-level police
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What's On Tonight
NYTimes - over 9 years
8 P.M. (Fox) THE SIMPSONS Is there a therapist in the house? When Bart, right, accidentally kills his neurotic nemesis Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer of ''Frasier,'' in his final reprise of the role), Bob's brother Cecil (David Hyde Pierce, who played Frasier Crane's brother, Niles) and their father (John Mahoney, who played Crane père) invite Bart
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Sports Briefing
NYTimes - almost 10 years
BASKETBALL TEAM SUSPENDS RICHARDSON -- The Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association suspended their coach, Micheal Ray Richardson, the former Knicks star, yesterday for the rest of the league's championship series in connection with remarks attributed to him concerning gays and Jews. The Albany Times Union quoted Richardson as
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
NYTimes - about 10 years
8 P.M. (Showtime) COACH CARTER -- (2005). Samuel L. Jackson (above, front) stars in this tough-love sports melodrama based on the true story of Ken Carter, a high school basketball coach who benched his undefeated but underfinanced team in Richmond, Calif., until they showed academic improvement. Robert Ri'chard is Damien Carter, the coach's son,
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COVER STORY; For Skaters, There's No Holiday From the Ice
NYTimes - about 17 years
It is the season when figure-skating specials, those sparkling confections starring famous Olympians from the not-so-distant past, sprinkle the networks like snowflakes. No two are exactly the same but, as it goes with snowflakes, no two are so terribly different. They are eye-candy, fusing athletics and artistry, and now that the International
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TV Notes; Skating Fans' Revenge
NYTimes - almost 19 years
If you've ever wanted to throttle the Russian figure skating judge -- or any judge who gave a ludicrous score to your favorite skater -- then Friday should be your special night. CBS Sports will present a live figure skating competition, called ''The Great Skate Debate,'' from 9 to 11 P.M., to be judged by viewers with Internet access. Twelve
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ICE SKATING REVIEW; A Warm Marriage of Art and Athletics on Ice
NYTimes - almost 19 years
Madison Square Garden was packed on Saturday night for ''Discover Stars on Ice,'' now in its 12th touring season. It is a hybrid show, accenting both the athletic and the artistic and as such, one of the best on the rink. Those looking for pure artistry will find it in the ice-dancing team of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Those who appreciate
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PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: October 12, 1997
NYTimes - over 19 years
Weeks This On Week List Fiction 1 1 A LESSON BEFORE DYING, by Ernest J. Gaines. (Vintage, $12.) In 1948, a bond is forged between two black men -- one a teacher, the other on death row for murder -- in Louisiana. (+) 2 4 SILENT WITNESS, by Richard North Patterson. (Ballantine, $7.99.) Two murder cases change the lives of men and women from the
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PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: October 5, 1997
NYTimes - over 19 years
Weeks This On Week List Fiction 1 2 SILENT HONOR, by Danielle Steel. (Dell, $7.50.) The attack on Pearl Harbor has tragic consequences for Japanese-American families. 2 2 *REMEMBER WHEN, by Judith McNaught. (Pocket, $7.99.) A Dallas billionaire and a Houston heiress find each other at a Texas-style gala. 3 3 SILENT WITNESS, by Richard North
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BEST SELLERS: April 20, 1997
NYTimes - almost 20 years
Weeks This Last On Week Week List Fiction 1 1 6 THE PARTNER, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $26.95.) The pursuit of $90 million stolen by a Mississippi lawyer who has apparently died and been cremated -- but is actually hiding in Brazil. 2 1 THE RANCH, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $25.95.) Three women who were college roommates come to terms with
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ekaterina Gordeeva
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 40
    In 2012, Kulik and Gordeeva opened Kulik's Skating, an ice rink and figure skating training environment in Lake Forest, California.
    More Details Hide Details With Sergei Grinkov Paired with Sergei Grinkov. My Sergei: A Love Story, written by Ekaterina Gordeeva with Sports Illustrated writer E. M. Swift and published in 1996, recounts the story of one of figure skating's most recognized pair teams. Gordeeva's account of their years together topped the New York Times Best Seller list and includes many black and white and color photos from Gordeeva and Grinkov's personal collection as well as publicity photos from their various touring groups, such as Stars On Ice. A made-for-television movie version of My Sergei was also made. Starring the Russian pair Elena Berezhnaya / Anton Sikhuralidze, it included interviews with family and friends, and archival skating footage. The children's book, A Letter for Daria, was written by figure skater Ekaterina Gordeeva for her daughter (by deceased Russian pair skater Sergei Grinkov), Daria Sergeievna Grinkova.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 38
    Gordeeva rejoined Stars on Ice in November 2010 for the 25th Anniversary Tour.
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    In the November 22, 2010 finale, she and Bure won the competition.
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    In 2010 Gordeeva competed with hockey player Valeri Bure in the figure skating reality show Battle of the Blades.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This time, she dedicated a number to the memory of her own father, Alexander Gordeev, who died of an unexpected heart attack in 2008. In addition to her skating, Gordeeva has ventured into coaching and choreography.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    In 2007, Ekaterina Gordeeva starred in Skate for the Heart, a show designed to raise awareness of heart disease.
    More Details Hide Details She skated in honor of Sergei.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Daria gave up figure skating in 2007.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, she appeared on the ice for the first time with Daria.
    More Details Hide Details The pair performed a duet during a Mother's Day show and have taken the ice together several times since then, including two different versions of Amy Grant's "Children of the World" at Kristi Yamaguchi's "Family & Friends" shows in 2005 and 2006.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    Gordeeva and Kulik married in a private ceremony in San Francisco on June 10, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Gordeeva and her family resided in California for several years before moving to Avon, Connecticut, in 2003. They returned to the Los Angeles area in 2007 and currently reside in Newport Beach, California. Gordeeva, Kulik, Daria, and Elizaveta made their first televised appearance as a family for Kristi Yamaguchi's Friends and Family in 2005 and they also appeared in the 2006 and 2007 versions of the show. Gordeeva and her family speak Russian at home and travel to Russia frequently.
    Gordeeva and Kulik married in a private ceremony in San Francisco, California, USA, on June 10, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Often called "Katia," Gordeeva was born in Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia) to Elena Lvovna Gordeeva, a teletype operator for TASS, and Alexander Alexeyevich Gordeev, a dancer for the Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble. Gordeeva said, "father 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    On June 15, 2001, Gordeeva gave birth to her second daughter, Elizaveta (or the diminutive "Liza," pronounced LEE-za) Ilinichna Kulik.
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    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 26
    Her father is 1998 Olympic men's singles champion Ilia Kulik.
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    For the 1998–99 season of Stars on Ice, she and fellow Russians Ilia Kulik, Elena Bechke, and Denis Petrov performed a quartet which showcased her pair skills, and in 1999–2000, she and Kulik skated a romantic duet during the tour.
    More Details Hide Details 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", a figure skating version of Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with Russian actor Egor Beroev, and together they won the show. Ekaterina Gordeeva has signed several endorsement contracts, the most notable of which was with Target and led to two perfumes ("Katia" and "Katia Sport") which were sold through Target stores. 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 her daughter Daria in a "Got Milk? " ad.
    In 1998, she told an interviewer that "My life of great skating, and skating with him, is over,...
    More Details Hide Details I don't try to go now for Olympics. I take skating for a job."
    She published a second book in April 1998, titled A Letter for Daria.
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    Gordeeva is now married to the 1998 Olympic men's singles champion, Ilia Kulik.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    Gordeeva returned to Stars on Ice as a solo skater in 1996 and toured with the show every year until 2000, when she took time off to give birth to another daughter in June 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She has returned to the tour as a guest star many times, but has never returned to full-time touring. 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 1997). She stopped competing in 2000, but continues to skate in professional skating tours, shows and competitions. While she has never returned to pair skating as a full-time endeavor, she has performed pair elements in many shows through the years with partners including Artur Dmitriev, Anton Sikharulidze, David Pelletier, and John Zimmerman.
    In February 1996, Gordeeva returned to the ice, this time as a solo performer.
    More Details Hide Details Her first solo performance was a tribute to her late husband, skated to the 'Adagietto' section of Gustav Mahler's 'Symphony No. 5'. The number was publicly performed only twice, first at a preview performance at the Minto Skating Club in Ontario, and then on February 27, 1996, in a televised tribute to Grinkov, called "Celebration of a Life", in which numerous skating luminaries took part. Gordeeva has said that she felt as if she skated with Sergei that night, that she was "double strong" because she felt him with her. The same year, with the aid of author E. M. Swift, she told her story in a book titled My Sergei: A Love Story. In February 1998, CBS aired an eponymous docudrama based on the book.
  • 1992
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 in Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway. 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. They are often referred to simply as "G&G". They were known for the quality of their basic skating technique: "Grinkov and Gordeeva had something special that was more easily appreciated in person. They didn't make noise when they skated. They moved so fluidly that their blades whispered over the ice rather than scratching at it." After the Olympics, the pair returned to professional skating and moved to Simsbury, Connecticut. During the 1994–95 season, they toured with Stars on Ice, this time as headliners. That year, Gordeeva was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" by People Magazine. That summer, Gordeeva and Grinkov were chosen for induction into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the pair planned to return to Stars on Ice for their fourth season with the tour.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 19
    Gordeeva and Grinkov had a state wedding on April 20, 1991, and a church wedding on April 28.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter, Daria Sergeyevna Gordeeva-Grinkova, was born on September 11, 1992, in Morristown, New Jersey. On November 20, 1995, Sergei Grinkov died of a heart attack during the rink practice in Lake Placid.
  • 1989
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Their state wedding was on April 20, and the church wedding was on April 28. From November 1991 through April 1992, they toured with Stars on Ice for the first time. On September 11, 1992, their daughter, Daria Sergeyevna Grinkova, was born in Morristown, New Jersey.
  • 1988
    Age 16
    She was hospitalized for a time, but they were still able to compete in, and win, the 1988 Winter Olympics which began the following February. They remain the youngest pairs team ever 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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details After Grinkov's death, Gordeeva continued performing as a singles skater.
  • 1987
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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: "That summer we had learned a very difficult move called the quadruple split twist, in which Sergei threw me in the air, I did a split, then closed my legs and made four turns before he caught me. We were the only pair to do this quadruple element, and it was very exhausting—more exhausting than difficult, really. Soviet doctors had measured my pulse rate as exceeding two hundred beats per minute when I did it."
    In November 1987, Grinkov caught a blade on the ice during a practice session and dropped Gordeeva on her forehead.
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  • 1985
    Age 13
    Gordeeva and Grinkov won the 1985 World Junior Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    More Details Hide Details The following year they won the first of their four World 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 the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, despite a nasty accident.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 9
    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.
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  • 1971
    Born
    Born on May 28, 1971.
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