Figure Skating Training Environment

Kulik's Skating

Ekaterina Gordeeva

Ekaterina "Katia" Gordeeva is considered to be one of the greatest and most beloved pair skaters in the history of figure skating. The Russian-born figure skater is two-time Olympic gold medalist, four-time World champion, and member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In 1994. Katia was named by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People” in the World. 

Katia was born in Moscow, and at age four began her path to stardom as part of the Soviet Union's Central Red Army Club (CSKA), an elite program that trained many of the country's top athletes. At 11 she was paired with Sergei Grinkov and from that point on their lives were forever changed. Gordeeva and Grinkov, together won almost every competition they entered: of 31 competitions they finished first 24 times and never came lower than second. Their professional relationship eventually crossed over into romance, and in April of 1991 they married and welcomed the birth of their daughter Daria two years later. Tragically, in November 1995 at the age of 28, Grinkov suffered a fatal heart attack while on the ice rehearsing. Katia's heartfelt memoir, My Sergei, A Love Story became a national best seller and her emotional return to skating was captured by the television special, A Celebration of Life, a tribute to her late husband.

Katia currently lives in California with her husband, World and Olympic Champion Ilia Kulik, with whom she had a second daughter, Elizaveta in 2001. She has been a Target spokesperson, launched two fragrances, and appeared in advertisements for Rolex and Milk. She also continues to perform in skating exhibitions all over the world as a solo skater.