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My Sergei: A Love Story [Mass Market Paperback]

Ekaterina Gordeeva , E. M. Swift
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Oct. 1 1997
Thrown together as children by the Soviet regime and told to skate for the good of the state, Sergei Grinkov and Katia Gordeeva became the most celebrated pairs skaters in the world--falling madly in love, marrying, and having a beautiful baby daughter. But after winning two Olympic gold medals and four World Championships, Katia's world collapsed when Sergei suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 28. A deeply moving, heartfelt memoir of their remarkable lives, this is Katia's final love letter to her beloved Sergei. This edition will contain an epilogue written by Ekaterina Gordeeva. 16-page photo insert. National ads/media.

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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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov were one of the finest ice skating pairs in the world. Born in Russia, they won European championships, world championships, and gold medals at two Olympics. They married in 1991 and continued to perform after the birth of their daughter. Sergei died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 28 while rehearsing with his wife. Gordeeva here describes their skating and personal life in Russia and the United States in poignant, caring detail. Equally captivating are her descriptions of her childhood, her family, and her life as a champion and professional skater. Unlike recent tell-alls about figure skating (e.g., the Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding spectacle), this biography is not sensational. It simply tells the story of two hard-working, competitive young people who fell in love and whose love ended too soon. For all collections.
-?J. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, Ga.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but heartbreaking... Jan. 24 2004
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Excellent memoir of the lives of Gordeeva & Grinkov, one of the finest Pairs Figure Skaters in history.
Gordeeva takes us through their lives, from childhood to when they were first paired up as young skaters. After a time, the young Katia starts to have feelings for the older Sergei, and to her surprize, they are reciprocated. The young couple marry, have a daughter, and, tragically, Sergei dies of a heart attack (later found to be an inherited genetic disorder) at the age of 27.
Gordeeva tells a compelling story. It's funny, joyful, and sad, and anyone who follows figure skating probably knows of it. But, as you are reading, it all seems fresh and alive in her mind, and to us as readers. Even though Katia has moved on (a marriage to another Russian skater, Ilia Kulik, and they too have a daughter), Sergei will no doubt always be in her heart, and those of us that were privilaged to see him & Katia skate together will never forget him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Touching Dec 2 2003
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I am a student in high school, and this book was the most wonderful book I've ever read. I read it in eighth grade, and ever since then I've been trying to find it in hardcover. I found the book to be deeply touching, and while reading it, I actually cried. This book is a must-read for everyone, especially those who are fans of skating. You won't be able to put it down, and once you finish you'll never want to let it go. You'll want to read it over and over again. The story is very touching, about Ekaterina Gordeeva, and her passed husband, Sergei. She starts telling the story from when she was four and continues through until the death of Sergei by a sudden heart-attack, and her struggle to move on in life. It is a beautifully written biography of Sergei and Katia and there never-ending love. It will bring a tear to your eye, and you will never forget it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and revealing... Jan. 16 2003
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There are not very many books about athletes that can combine the reality of the sport with the emotion of the lives behind it. Skating is kind of a fairy-tale sport, and Katia Gordeeva, in addition to her beauty, conveys a fairy-tale like quality both on the ice, and in her memoirs of her young skating career, and the life she entwined with her partner, lover, and husband Sergei Grinkov. If you've seen Ekaterina skate, you can't help but see the glow and the emotion she conveys on the ice.
Off the ice, the book gives the reader a marvelous look into the rigors of the lives of Soviet athletes, and paints a picture of young Sergei that makes you understand why he was such a central force in Ekaterina's life. The book is written a little clumsily, and although it does allow the reader to see and to understand all of Katia's insecurities, and worries about herself as a skater, a partner and a mother, the matter-of-fact style that it uses does Katia a disservice.
Still, and all, it is absorbing to read about this young lady who enjoyed such fame, such joy, and such a life changing tragedy as the death of her husband and professional partner. Pictures contained in the book only whet your appetite even more for the story, and you are left with the satisfying feeling of love and loss.
A beautiful read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Touching Oct. 25 2002
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Figure skating fans will recall the shocking death of pairs' gold medalist Sergei Grinkov on 20 November 1995. In this poignant memoir, his partner and widow, Ekaterina Gordeeva, shares the story of their lives together as skaters, husband and wife, and as parents.
Gordeeva and Grinkov - G&G - were perhaps the greatest pairs skaters of all time. Thoroughout their career, they touched the hearts of millions, bringing an elegance and perfection to ice that the sport has never seen before - or since.
Through this joyous look back at their career and lives, Katia shares their story, from humble beginnings as athletes in the Soviet sports machine to their triumphant Olympic gold medal wins in 1988 and 1994. She offers a rare insider's glimpse into the recently-scandalous world of Olympic skating and the preparation that goes into every performance.
Despite its tragic ending, the book is uplifting to read, which is one of the reasons that I have dog-eared my copy many times over. Katia's gentle, yet simple storytelling is both heart-wrenching and funny, especially her stories about their lives in America as recent immigrants to a world so different from the one they were raised in. Throughout, she fondly remembers the various competitions, routines, and holidays that marked her life.
It is rare to find a memoir that is so soul-bearing and touching as "My Sergei". While it is a love story, it is also so much more. It's a story of triumph, of the strength of the human spirit, and of love conquering over all.
I first read this shortly after its original publication, and have delved into it many times since. It's one book that I never tire of, and it is one that has touched millions of readers, skating fans and non-fans alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Sergei: A Love Story June 5 2002
By Tara
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This is a book for everybody who enjoys a love story. Even if you do not watch figure skating or know any names of figure skaters, you still would enjoy this book. This is a story of two figure skaters who were put together by fate. When Katia was paired with Sergei at about the age of twelve, she never would have guessed that this man would change her life forever.
Sergei and Katia weree both born in the former Soviet Union. They were paired together when they were young and spent much of their life together. This is a story told from Katia's perspective. This story is about their journey through their figure skating career winning two Olympic gold medals, many championships, and their rougher times.
After her husband, Sergei, died, Katia is heartbroken. This story tells about her struggle to cope with his death and her struggle to raise her young daughter, Daria. She had a lot of trouble recovering from his death and a hard time being able to skate again after he died.
This is a great story describing many tough times that figure skaters must endure to get to the top. It is a great book and i recommend it to all love story enthusiasts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for figure skating fans
I was first aware of this couple at the 1988 winter olympics in Calgary. I followed figure skating through the '80's, 90's & 2000's. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Loraine Wiens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book. Every skater and fan should own.
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Ann Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inner World of a loving Couple.
I read some chapters of this book, and I must say that this true story is really very touching. These two Russian skaters had an interesting life as a married couple, and the... Read more
Published on June 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inner World of a loving Couple.
I read some chapters of this book, and I must say that this true story is really very touching. These two Russian skaters had an interesting life as a married couple, and the... Read more
Published on June 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I'm a figure skater, and anything that has to do with figure skating as far as books go I'm interested in. This book was very well writen and a touching story. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2003 by "ccbubbless17"
5.0 out of 5 stars A real life fairy tale
Truly one of the most pure romances, a real life fairy tale. In spite the tragic ending, what incredible reading about two normal but not at all normal human beings. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A true love story, with a tragic end
I am a huge figure skating fan. I had the pleasure of meeting Ekaterina and Sergei at a fundraiser in Halifax in 1994. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2002 by Deanne Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!
I think that love & passion result in the best inspiration & in the case of My Sergei: A Love Story by Ekatarina Gordeeva, this holds true. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2002 by Carri L. Shook
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Love Story
I have read love stories before but this one is very true.I know exactly how she feels because my DAD died from a heart attack at work.I went to tears while reading it. Read more
Published on July 18 2002 by Yelena Zvereva
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