Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

• Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

Sergei Grinko Ekaterina Gordeeva were not only talented and beautiful couple-winner of the Olympic Games. Charm and sincerity, love of life and dance - to conquer the world. No one could imagine how fleeting happiness.

Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

Catherine's life and Sergey intertwined in early childhood. They lived next door, went to the same school. But met only in pairs, which are formed so that young athletes have not shown results in the individual skater. Katya four years younger than Sergei. She was only 10 when they began to train together. Skater recalled that Sergei treated it very carefully. Her mother adds: the work does not go well at first. Sergei saw himself as a singles skater and lazy. The coach has put the issue firmly, up to expulsion. Little Katusha did not give break up the pair. She called Sergei, schedule meetings, and the case went wrong.

Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

A new pair of young champions

Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

World champions Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinko world champion in figure skating, Alexander Fadeev with coach Stanislav Zhuk

It soon became clear just how promising this duo. In 1985, the couple - champions of the world junior. Next - a consistent rise: world champions, silver at the European Championships, and finally, in 1988 - the Olympic champions. Dance to the "March of Mendelssohn", brilliantly executed at the games and went down in history - the fate of the sign, an omen of the future wedding, to be held in 1991. Kate said that one of the happiest moments - New Year's Eve December 31, 1989, when Sergey admitted for the first time in his feelings. At the wedding itself Sergey late, came with a bandaged hand (due to a serious shoulder injury) and also forgot a passport, but a registry office staff have closed their eyes. The happy event took place.

Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

was no honeymoon. Couple by the time passed in the category of professionals and joined the troupe of Tatiana Tarasova. In the difficult nineties theater gave the opportunity to earn. A year later a daughter was born - Daria. They continued to act in international projects, events. In the US and Canada as a token of love, they were called the first letters of the names of G & G, like movie stars.

In 1994, Norway Ekaterina and Sergey again become Olympic champions. It seemed that all the vertices served them. And now, finally, it's time to reap the fruits of many years of patient labor.

Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

The victory in the World Cup

Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

Frequent injuries an athlete accustomed to endure pain, to disregard and not to complain. Training in the US city of Lake Placid November 20, 1995, Sergei suddenly fell on the ice. Ambulance arrived after 4 minutes. Save the athlete failed: it had a second heart attack. He did not only 28 years old, widowed Catherine - 24 years.

Kate said that none of the skaters could not "teach" your partner and on the ice, and beyond, remembering humility, curiosity, Sergei, he did not like to talk much. I dreamed that someday he will build a house for them with my daughter. Did not happen.

Ice and love: the drama of the world-famous pair skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

The last frames of a happy family of Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov

In 1996 Ekaterina Gordeeva returned to the ice. His first outing she dedicated to her late husband. It was a program "Celebration of Life" under the musical composition of the fifth symphony by Gustav Mahler. At the end of the program on the ice ran a four-year daughter, Dasha, reassure the mother burst into tears.