Ekaterina Gordeeva part 02

 Ekaterina Gordeeva 2014  Gordeeva and Grinkov on a Stamp of Azerbaijan 507  Ekaterina Gordeeva Mar 2007

Note: Ekaterina Gordeeva 2014 // Gordeeva and Grinkov on a Stamp of Azerbaijan 507 // Ekaterina Gordeeva Mar 2007



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Personal life

Gordeeva and Grinkov had a state wedding on April 20, 1991, and a church wedding on April 28. Their daughter, Daria Sergeyevna Gordeeva-Grinkova, was born on September 11, 1992, in Morristown, New Jersey. On November 20, 1995, Sergei Grinkov died of a heart attack during the rink practice in Lake Placid.

On June 15, 2001, Gordeeva gave birth to her second daughter, Elizaveta (or the diminutive "Liza," pronounced LEE-za) Ilinichna Kulik. Her father is 1998 Olympic men's singles champion Ilia Kulik. Gordeeva and Kulik married in a private ceremony in San Francisco on June 10, 2002.

Gordeeva and her family resided in California for several years before moving to Avon, Connecticut, in 2003. They returned to the Los Angeles area in 2007 and currently reside in Newport Beach, California. Gordeeva, Kulik, Daria, and Elizaveta made their first televised appearance as a family for Kristi Yamaguchi's Friends and Family in 2005 and they also appeared in the 2006 and 2007 versions of the show. Gordeeva and her family speak Russian at home and travel to Russia frequently.

In 2012, Kulik and Gordeeva opened Kulik's Skating, an ice rink and figure skating training environment in Lake Forest, California.


With Sergei Grinkov

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

From Requiem:



  • Cha Cha Cha
1987–1988 From Carmen:
  • Jazz medley


Paired with Sergei Grinkov.

Event 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94
Olympics 1st 1st
Worlds 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Europeans 2nd WD 1st 1st 1st
Goodwill Games 1st
Skate Canada 1st 2nd 1st
NHK Trophy 1st
Moscow News 4th 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 5th 1st
Russian Champ. 1st
Soviet Champ. 6th 2nd 1st
World Pro. 2nd 1st 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew


My Sergei: A Love Story

My Sergei: A Love Story, written by Ekaterina Gordeeva with Sports Illustrated writer E. M. Swift and published in 1996, recounts the story of one of figure skating's most recognized pair teams.

Gordeeva's account of their years together topped the New York Times Best Seller list and includes many black and white and color photos from Gordeeva and Grinkov's personal collection as well as publicity photos from their various touring groups, such as Stars On Ice. A made-for-television movie version of My Sergei was also made. Starring the Russian pair Elena Berezhnaya / Anton Sikhuralidze, it included interviews with family and friends, and archival skating footage.

A Letter for Daria

The children's book, A Letter for Daria, was written by figure skater Ekaterina Gordeeva for her daughter (by deceased Russian pair skater Sergei Grinkov), Daria Sergeievna Grinkova.

It is an autobiographical letter from mother to daughter about childhood memories, skating, differences between Russian and American culture, and the importance of family. This book includes several pictures from Ekaterina Gordeeva's personal collection.

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