Ilia Kulik, left, and Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

Right before the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, in February, CBS network showed a docudrama "My Sergei" which was based on the best-selling book by Ekaterina Gordeeva. This stirring and heartfelt tribute is a real-life fairy tale: the story of Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva. This is the story of their life together, as told in Ekaterina's own words, for their daughter Daria. Unique re-enactments, actual skating clips, and interviews with fellow skaters Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Victor Petrenko, Alexandr Fadeev, and many more, it brings the romance and tragedy of these champions vividly to life. Re-enactments from Sergei and Katia's life were played by World champions Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze who were specially invited for that role by Ekaterina Gordeeva herself.

A Rare Love: Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

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Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

Clips of husband-and-wife pairs skaters Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva served as a lead-in for Gordeeva's performance. Grinkov died of a heart attack at age 28. Gordeeva now skates as a singles skater. Josee Chouinard, Oksana Baiul and Yuka Sato also skated.

Their names were Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva met when they were two teenagers in Moscow who were studying skating. They soon became partners on the ice, eventually winning four World Championships and gold medals in the 1988 and 1994 Olympic pairs skating competitions. It wasn't long before they were partners off the ice as well; they fell in love, married, and had a daughter. They had a seemingly perfect relationship until heart failure took Sergei's life at the age of 28. This documentary (produced with Ekaterina Gordeeva's participation) looks at their lives together, as athletes and as husband and wife, featuring interviews with their friends Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, and Viktor Petrenko.

Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva: the most heartrendingly beautiful love story in the universe
He brought Viktor Petrenko, Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva, too

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CBS Video 1998 - 90 Minutes - USED - A stirring and heartfelt tribute to Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

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This stirring and heartfelt tribute is a real-life fairy tale: the story of Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva

At the age of 11 she was partnered up with Sergei Grinkov