She was 5’1" and 90 pounds and 24 years old and a widow.Could anyone know--really know--what had disappeared? If a depth of a sadness must be proportionate to the height of happiness, then there was not much lower that anyone could go. "Their eyes never left each other during the whole performance. It can be very distracting, looking into someone else’s eyes while you’re skating, but it never was for them. "You could just see how much they loved each other."Because I was so young before, I did not realize everything," Gordeeva said. I have a husband and I know my daughter watches me on TV.All this makes me more nervous, but more excited." The result was all they hoped it could be."You could see the power that they had between them when they skated," Paul Wilie, the silver medalist from the 1992 Olympics and one of the U. You would watch them and just wish you had that sort of relationship with someone.We all wish we could find that kind of feeling, that perfect nuclear life.If he faltered slightly twice--singling a double Salchow and bobbling the landing on a double flip--the mistakes were more than overcome by the rest of the program.Eight of the nine judges put Grinkov and Gordeeva ahead of countrymen Natalia Mishkutenok and Artur Dmitriev, gold medalists two years earlier in Albertville. "He was blue," Wylie, one of 14 Olympians on the tour, said.
They rejoined Tom Collins’ Tour of World Champions, a troupe of amateur and professional stars, figuring they could skate for four or five years as professionals, make some money, then move on to separate, comfortable lives. They became as close off the ice as they were on the ice. They had a daughter, Daria, a year and a half later. She became a beautiful young woman." The change in skating rules for the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, making professionals eligible to compete, brought a second chance for the couple to win a gold medal.Ten inches taller, stolid and smooth, he was the quite foundation to the act. The relaxed sigh was the muted reaction when he did his job, brining her home safely again. World champions when she was 14, Olympic champions when she was 16, they first performed as if they were brother and sister."They really are what pairs skating ought to be," John Nicks, a prominent U. coach, once said in describing Grinkov and Gordeeva at work. You can’t appreciate the capacity of a 180-pound man to move across the ice without a sound until you watch him skate. They were a different sort of mismatched pair, able to use his strength and her tininess to create dramatic movements that had never been seen. "They proved that this kind of couple not only can work, but that this is the best way to do it," Stanislav Zhuk, one of Sergei’s first skating coaches, said, "At the beginning, everyone laughed. Sergei , who had been dating other people, suddenly noticed in 1989 that the little girl who had been holding his hand all these years had become a woman.No cameras and lights were broken down and taken to another place.The greatest pair in pair skating was a total pair, 24 hours a day, every day.
The death of 28-year-old Sergei Grinkov was the final chapter in one of sport’s great romances. On the gray Moscow afternoon, on this day she was supposed to be half a world away, previewing a tour in Lake Placid, N.