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My Sergei: A Love Story

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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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Sarah
Dec 29, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
The 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway seemed to host the pinnacle of ice skating talent, or so it seemed when I watched the proceedings on my television. You had Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul, Elvis Stojko, Surya Bonaly, and Brian Boitano among the singles, and in ice dancing you had Tovill and Dean. And then in figure skating pairs you had Grinkov and Gordeeva. A pair of skaters that was not only young, handsome, in love, and married with a little daughter, but so talented they blasted ...more
Cheryl
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.
Tribefan
Jan 07, 2008 Tribefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Navem
Dec 06, 2013 Navem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Valerie
Feb 16, 2013 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
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Book Riot
Jun 07, 2016 Book Riot rated it really liked it
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
Surreysmum
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
Ida
Sep 20, 2012 Ida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Victoria Simcox
Nov 21, 2009 Victoria Simcox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cori
Sep 02, 2014 Cori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-re-read
This is one of the most emotional, moving, and beautiful books I have ever read. All I have to do is look at the a few of the pictures and read a few sentences and I'll start crying. Ekaterina Gordeeva is so strong, and together she and Sergei are so loving. Their story is amazing.
Mloy
Jul 22, 2012 Mloy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a sad but sweet love story that'll have you falling-in-love one minute and your heart breaking the next. It's beautifully written, plain and honest, nothing too flowery, just like talking with a friend over a cup of coffee.
Kathleen
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....
Amy
Nov 27, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I teared up a little. And looked this couple up on youtube and basically fell in love with Sergei as I'm sure anyone that actually knew him or read this story did. Glad I read it.
MaryEllen
Jan 26, 2014 MaryEllen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this in high school.....loved watching Ekaterina and Sergei skate..... lucky enough to see them perform in person in 1992. :)
Christine
Nov 01, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cried so hard. I read this a while ago.. but it was a fast read
Katianna
Jan 03, 2016 Katianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read My Sergei by Ekaterina Gordeeva recently. This is the amazing but tragic love story of the well know ice-sktating In the beginning of her life, she was in a poor community of Russia and her father wanted her to be a ballerina like him. However, she choose to bean ice-skater in the CASK, much to his disappointment. On the other hand, for her, it was a decision that would soon change her life forever. Whie ice-skating, Ekaterina had the fortunate event of meeting Sergei, her partener on the ...more
aixin
Jun 18, 2015 aixin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
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Marian
Apr 27, 2015 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who have a night to sacrifice to gross sobbing and angry admiration
Recommended to Marian by: no one; i took it from my mom's bookshelf and kind of regretted it lol
This book was way too difficult for me to get through. Not in terms of speed; I gave up the idea of sleep about halfway through the book cause i was not going to put the book down. I ended up sleeping about 2 hrs. In the last half I actually sobbed into my pillow for about ten minutes and hid the book away for about a year. That is what this book did to me (and why it lost a star) I'm sorry cause I really tried to not make it about how heartbreaking the story was (cause it's a memoir, really, sh ...more
Beth Pearson
Jun 10, 2014 Beth Pearson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Megan
Jun 21, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Maria 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
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Dana
Jun 23, 2011 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Em
Jun 22, 2014 Em rated it it was amazing
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
Allyson
Jan 29, 2012 Allyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa
Apr 07, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up from the non-fiction section of my local library. I had no idea who Gordeeva and Grinkov were. In fact, I spent a lot of time googling various people in the book. What I like about this book is that she is so refreshingly honest. She puts it all out there: her flaws, her fears, her love, her sorrow. And the story is, therefore, pure and honest and devastating and wonderful. I cried. And I rarely cry. But she ends the story hopefully. I like how she makes no apologies for an ...more
Hala Aj
Jul 19, 2014 Hala Aj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so heart-aching! I couldn't help myself but cry again & again while reading it! It was so good that I finished it in 3 days!

Sergei & Ekaterina will always be the best figure skaters ever! I love how she took us through her life & how we grew with her & Sergei from the moment they were paired till the moment he took his last breath! their story is beyond beautiful and how they fought together to win the gold & how they traveled the world together! This book even s
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Heidi
Feb 23, 2008 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathryn
Katia Gordeeva is obviously not a writer and the writing is very young, but she really takes everything back to the moment it was happening and leaves a fair insight about the Soviet Union and the New Russia and the impression of America. She pretty much experienced for reality what our concept of an ideal romance is. Yes, she may seem emotionless sometimes, but I can understand this among many other things and relate to the weakness of not being able to put every thought, feeling, and notion ad ...more
Amy
Feb 19, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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