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My Sergei: A Love Story

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  2,910 ratings  ·  235 reviews
The Olympic gold medalist offers a poignant, loving account of her life with her long-time partner and beloved husband, Sergei Grinkov, from their first introduction and successive world pairs skating championships, to their storybook romance and marriage, to the fatal heart attack that took Sergei's life.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 1996)
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I read this book in high school, and last night I was having one of those "your mind is going crazy as you're falling asleep" moments that popped this book in my head. I have to be honest and say I can't remember many details (setting, certain events, etc), but I do remember that it was incredibly touching and heartbreaking. You have to understand - until I had my son, I never read romance. I was actually one of the mockers *dodges flying insults*. I read horror; King, Koontz, Saul, etc. In fact ...more
A very beautiful and moving book! I loved watching these two skate together. I just remember always thinking they were magical. I remember being very sad when I learned of his death and the shock of him being so young. It is still hard to believe that with all the physicals they took that no problems were ever detected! It was wonderful to read about how they basically grew up together then fell in love. I still miss them skating together!
One of the most widely distributed and read skaters' biographies, this is, for a retiring young woman, remarkably frank. Nonetheless, perhaps one of the most interesting aspects is her discussion of her odd and it seems rather troubled friendship with choreographer Marina Zoueva. One gets the sense that here, at least, the whole story has not been told. Interesting, too, to see a relatively unsanitized and foreigner's view of the Stars on Ice "family." Her observations on the "New Russia" were a ...more
Victoria Simcox
I was staying with my mother for a week after her hip surgery, and I was very bored at times. I found this book on her shelf and decided to give it a try. It ended up being so good that I couldn't put it down. I read it in less then 2 days which is fast for me, because I tend to spend more time writing then reading. Though it has a very sad ending what a beautiful love story it is.
I read this book years ago when it was first released. After the tragic death of Sergei. I remember how emotionally moved I was by their love story, I cried forever over this. They were one of my most favorite couples professional ice skating team.
Ekaterina tells both her story and Sergei's, intermingling stories of their childhoods, of growing up in the Soviet Union, learning to skate and their pairing together. The book truly is a "love story", living up to its subtitle -- Ekaterina brings the reader through their courtship, marriage, and foray into parenthood with their daughter, Daria. Their brief but illustrious figure skating career is described throughout; the book would be incomplete without it.

But Ekaterina's real purpose in thi
Maria M. Elmvang
I picked this up because I'm fascinated by figure skating, and thought it sounded really interesting. And it was in parts, but unfortunately Ekaterina Gordeeva is obviously not a writer, so certain sections of the book were rather clunky making the emotions difficult to relate to.

Two things really effected my experience of the book though. The first was discovering that I may actually have seen Ekaterina and Sergie perform 'live'! At least I remember my mum taking my sister and me to an internat
Ekaterina Gordeeva writes a poignant memoir about her life with her figure skating partner and, later, husband Sergei Grinkov. Paired together since the ages of 11 and 14, Gordeeva and Grinkov became pairs figure skating champions. Together they won Olympic gold medals in 1988 and 1994. They were four time world champions as well. Their career together seemed bright until Sergei's untimely death in 1995.
This heartfelt memoir would appeal to anyone who enjoys figure skating.
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov were gold medal pairs figure skaters from Russia. This story goes through the initial pairing up at age 11 for Katia until more recent times.

The training and rigorous regimen required by their coaches for their amateur careers was impressive. Beside the talent and obvious attachment this must of helped them win their medals. Katia also describes the slow growing of their love and eventually marriage and the birth of their daughter.

Their move to the United St
A touching reflection on a life of skating and love, but dated now that Katia has remarried and had another child. Still, the insight into the USSR and their sports machine contrasted with the "Wild West" atmosphere of the new Russia were very interesting.

For the skating lovers, the most fascinating parts were in the relationship with their choreographer, Marina Zueva, who is now coaching the top ice dance teams in the world in Canton, Michigan: Virtue/Moir and Davis/White.

I always loved how e
I remember Gordeeva and Grinkov...I followed them from the 1988 olympics when I saw the most beautiful and flawless performance I had ever seen. This is a beautiful love story as well as a look into the world of ice skating and of living in Russia. I was sad that she was set on being sad at the age of 24 and thinking she would never be happy again. This book was written the year after Sergei died. I remember watching her tribute on ice to Sergei and it was interesting to read about that and how ...more
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This book, MY SERGEI:A LOVE STORY, by Ekaterina Gordeeva, was a heartwarming, but sad story of their lives together, first as ice skating partners then as a family. A person would just feel so terrible about the tragic death of her young husband , but she seems to have found a way, through skating and the young daughter of theirs, to continue a life that is so changed in just one instant. I know the feeling, it happened to me, although at a somewhat older age, but just as quickly and unexpectedl ...more
My favorite pairs team is still G&G. I first heard about their tragedy from reading an article in Reader's Digest. I wanted to know more, and that led to a 3-4 year obsession. I tried to get a hold of everything. This book was Ekaterina telling their story. It's beautiful, sweet, and sad. I taped the documentary based on this book and it was just the same. I looked up to Ekaterina so much. Although I'm rather surprised with what she has done with her life since, there are still many traits a ...more
Feb 19, 2008 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers, romantics, figure skaters or their fans
Shelves: past-read
I'd heard of the Russian figure skater Sergei Grinkov; his ice dancing with Ekaterina Gordeeva was beautifully passionate. I read this book after Gordeeva was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show to promote it, and pretty much just inspired everyone to read it. Plus, I wanted to learn the whole story of how Sergei died on the ice, and why, which was a complete mystery to me.

This book is like a 200-plus-page-long Gordeeva/Grinkov skating routine, full of the heartbreaking romance and tragedy of all
I'm a fan of figure skating and I remember watching G&G (as they were called) skate. They skated with such flawless effort and perfection that you couldn't help but appreciate their talents and skills. Like everyone else, I was shocked to hear the news in 1995 that Sergei died. Because he was so young, I think it came as a surprise. I'm glad that Ekaterina wrote this memoir and of all the skating books that I've read, this is my favorite! It's so touching to read about how her and Sergei Gri ...more
This has to be one of the most tear-jerking books I have ever read. It is a beautiful story and I can remember watching the TV when this happened. It was so sad. Read this book.

Back Cover Blurb:
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 have a beautiful baby daughter. But after winning two Olympic Gold medals and four Wo
Gordeeva and Grinkov were my favorite pair skaters during the 80's and early 90's, but for some reason, I did not read this book until now. It isn't the best as far as writing goes, but the love story is amazing and absolutely beautiful. Katia tells the heartwarming and passionate story of the fairy tale romance that she shared with her beloved Sergei, beginning with their meeting when she was 11 and ending with his untimely death, and her moving performance following the tragedy. The book was e ...more
What a wonderful story this was. I love to watch skating and have not missed watching an Olympics since I was a kid. I am familiar with a lot of the skaters mentioned in this book. I thought this story was so touching and full of emotion. Katia considers her life with Sergei almost too perfect. They were so in love and their life together was indeed a fairy tale. I commend Katia for being able to pick herself and go on with her life no matter how difficult after Sergei’s unexpected death in 1995 ...more
This is the sweetest love story I have ever read. I loved watching figure skating competitions in the late 80's, early 90's mostly because Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov were a worthwhile pair to watch. They found each other at such a young age and the respect and tenderness they shared was evident in the programs they executed on the ice, even before they fell in love and married. There are some heart wrenching moments, especially when Ekaterina describes her despair after Sergei's unexp ...more
Kathryn D
Mar 02, 2008 Kathryn D rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a Romeo & Juliet love story or who loves figure skating tales
Recommended to Kathryn by: No one
Shelves: kathryn-s-corner
I can NEVER get sick of this. I read this around a year ago and I still have it on my desk for further reading.

G&G are always my favorite pairs team. Katya inspired me since I was 6 years of age but strangely I had never heard of Sergey. I am truly obsessed with them now and they are everything to me.

When I first picked up this book from the library I couldn't put it down. I started reading it in the car and stayed up early that morning just to finish the chapter I was on.

There are some hear
This is the true story of Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva, the famous figure skating pair that won medal after medal in the 80s and 90s. This is the story of how they began skating together and over the course of the years fell in love, married and had a daughter. This is the story of Sergei's death at 28 due to an unknown heart defect and Katia's struggle to find her way back from the darkness of her loss.

I can only recommend this to anyone who ever watch them skate in their day - they we
Jul 05, 2007 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: absolutefavs
I am a huge fan of ice skating and the very best was Ekaterina Gordeeva and her husband Sergei. They were magically on ice and partners both on and off the ice.

They took some time off to become parents to Darya and decided after the Olympics to turn professional. Once afternoon during practice Sergei isn't well and later dies.

The story that Ekaterina tells of how they meet, fell in love, had a child, shared amazing magic skating together on the ice and how she tries to cope without him will mak
I felt like he was my Sergei too just reading this. I am always so appreciative that people will write books and let us in their lives for a little while. Through the happy and heartache... it is just so thrilling to me to share a human life and story. Like Petra's book which I read recently, I found myself googling them and then reading all about them after I finished the book. I also had to squeeze this book into two days because I just simply had to keep going. My heart broke with Katia, but ...more
This review is somewhat skewered as I was a huge fan of Gordeeva and Grinkov and find their tragic story as moving now as it was when Sergei died. I could criticize the writing style of the memoir, but what purpose would that serve? After all, everyone knows Ekaterina is not an author, just a very young woman (at the time this was published) dealing with the loss of her husband, the father of her child, and her one and only skating partner, and attempting to put into words the brief life she sha ...more
Broke my heart. Incredible love story and the story of two beautiful skaters.
Felt so bad for Ekaterina and her baby girl. Her tribute skate to Sergei was
tender, beautiful and triumphant. She would go on....
I'd always been a fan of ice-skating, and was watching several videos of ice-skating pairs when I noticed there were an awful lot of videos about this pair –– and several comments like "RIP Sergei, you're greatly missed". That led me to Google them curiously, and I spent a whole night alternating between tears and laughter as I discovered the story of their love.

Ekaterina, or Katia as her friends call her, is first and foremost a skater, not a writer. In videos of her in that period (before she
Beth Pearson
I've read tons of romance fluff lately so it was great to read something that mattered. I was a fan of Gordeeva and Gringov from seeing them in the 92 Olympics--unlike many stone-faced Russians at the Olympics, you really could see the love between these two. I've never forgotten the little back story shown on who they were and where they were from. When Gringov dropped dead in 94, Wow! What a shock.

This book starts out raw with grief. You can feel Katia's pain and sorrow and some bewilderment o
read this in high school.....loved watching Ekaterina and Sergei skate..... lucky enough to see them perform in person in 1992. :)
A beautifully written book, and though I know it was written by a ghost writer – E. M. Swift did a great job of writing in the way Gordeeva speaks… very poetic. The entire story is unfolded so gently from their childhood in Russia to the beginning of their partnership when she was eleven and Sergei was fifteen, to their first Gold Medal in Calgary, to the start of their courtship and marriage, their early pro career and becoming parents. The last three chapters about Sergei’s sudden tragic death ...more
Dalton Lynne
I've always loved the skating magic of G&G and therefore I was heartbroken upon hearing about the tragic and untimely death of Sergei Grinkov. The skating world suffered a huge loss, as did his family and child. This book was difficult to read - and yes, I shed many tears during the process. But it was also a beautiful testimony of the love these two amazing skaters shared.
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