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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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From Publishers Weekly

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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Must read for figure skating fans Jan. 5 2013
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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. After Sergei's tragic death, I borrowed this book from our local library. Recently my daughter requested this book so I purchased it for her for Christmas. I am pleased to say she was very happy to receive it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 14 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
Excellent book. Every skater and fan should own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Inner World of a loving Couple. June 5 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 writer does an excellent job at writing the fine detail about their relationship, and their baby girl named Daria.
Second, this book has tons of pictures, and they are in color.
If you are interested in true love stories of real people; I then recommend You get this book titled, "My Sergei: A Love StorY" because it will be worth it. Very Original!
June 05, 2003 AD
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Inner World of a loving Couple. June 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 writer does an excellent job at writing the fine detail about their relationship, and their baby girl named Daria.
Second, this book has tons of pictures, and they are in color.
If you are interested in true love stories of real people; I then recommend You get this book titled, "My Sergei: A Love StorY" because it will be worth it. Very Original!
June 05, 2003 AD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Feb. 18 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I loved it-shows the tough life and requirements of skating as well as a real true love story! Definitely a good buy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and revealing... Jan. 16 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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