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Gordeeva's "From the Heart" show coming to Lake Placid

November 5, 2015 - Christie Sausa
Olympic gold medalist and figure skating legend Ekaterina "Katia" Gordeeva will join fellow skaters and Olympic champions in Lake Placid this December for "Ekaterina Gordeeva--From the Heart". Skaters performing include fellow Olympic Champions Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Ilia Kulik, and David Pelletier, as well as Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie and World Champion Yuka Sato.The show will serve as a way for Katia to thank her fans and in remembrance of Katia's husband, Sergei Grinkov.

Many skating fans fondly remember Gordeeva and Grinkov, or "G&G" as they were known by their fans. One of the greatest pairs teams in history, the Russian pair were 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champions and four-time World Champions. The team skated professionally after their triumphs, skating with Stars on Ice.

The following was taken from my blog post on Lake Placid Skater:

Most skating fans know the tragic story; in November 1995, while training with coach Marina Nueva and partner and wife Ekaterina “Katia” Goordeeva in Lake Placid for the Stars on Ice tour’s traditional opening show, Sergei Grinkov collapsed in the US rink. Initially reports suggested that he collapsed, but later reports stated that he “dropped to the ice gently”, sitting down after feeling dizzy. He passed away a little over an hour later after being transported to the Adirondack Medical Center nearby. Cause of death was found to be a heart attack; Grinkov was only 28 years old.

Gordeeva and Grinkov, called “G&G” by their fans, are considered one of the greatest pairs teams of all time, and as stated by Dick Button in a NY Times article about Grinkov's passing:

“They were the quintessentially perfect pair,” said Dick Button, the two-time Olympic champion. “They had the strength, power and flow that so many skaters at the top of the world simply don’t have. He was superb in holding himself back to highlight the efforts of his partner. You could always see him pointing the focus of your eye to her.” Grinkov’s sudden death was a shock to all the cast members, and the show was postponed.

As stated in Barry Wilner’s book “Stars on Ice: An Intimate Look at Skating’s Greatest Tour”:

"Sergei was buried in Moscow on the same day Stars on Ice was to debut for the season in Lake Placid. The cast had continued rehearsing, then everyone left upstate New York for Thanksgiving weekend. When they returned, their heavy hearts told them the right thing to do. “We have to put on a great show for Sergei and Katia,” Scott said. Then days after Sergei’s death, the 1995-96 tour debuted at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. “We couldn’t get it done fast enough, and I hope you understand,” Scott told the crowd. “What we’re presenting on Sergei’s shoulders, is the best we’ve got, and I’m sure it’s going to be good enough. We’re going to give you something real special.” The show’s first act closed with a tearful introduction by Scott of “G&G,” inviting the spectators to close their eyes and imagine the pair was on the ice. Grieg’s “Concerto in A Minor,” the music to which Katia and Sergei would have skated, echoed throughout the arena.”

These poignant moments have become part of Stars on Ice–and figure skating–history. Later, Gordeeva wrote “My Sergei-A Love Story” about her relationship with Grinkov.

------------------------------------------------------------------------ Gordeeva returned to performing as a soloist in February 1996, and her first performance was a tribute to Sergei, skated to the 'Adagietto' section of Gustav Mahler's 'Symphony No. 5'. The number was only performed twice, and one of those times was in a televised tribute to Sergei called "Tribute to Life" where other Olympic skaters also performed. She continued to tour as a soloist with Stars until 2000, when she took time off to give birth to her second daughter, Elizaveta (her first and only child with Sergei, Daria, was born in 1992), whose father was 1998 Olympic mens figure skating champion Ilia Kulik. Katia and Ilia married in 2002. Since she stopped touring in 2000, Katia has made numerous guest appearances in other shows including Stars on Ice and televised skating shows.

Tickets can be purchased at the link in the Blog Links box, or by calling the Lake Placid Olympic Center box office at 518-523-3330.

Hope to see you there!

 
 

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Ekaterina Gordeeva performs in the 2013 Lake Placid Stars on Ice Show. (Photo by Christie Sausa)

 
 
 
 

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