However, in 1995, the magic tragically ended when Grinkov died of a heart attack.
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) (born May 28, 1971) is a Russian (former Soviet) figure skater.
Together with her partner and husband, the late Sergei Grinkov, she was the 19 Olympic Champion and four-time World Champion in pair skating.
Ekaterina Gordeeva had held herself together for most of this longest day of her life at the end of the longest week of her life--the performer doing her job, making other people feel at ease, no matter how bad she felt inside--but at the end there would be no control. Wrapped in the arms of the same Russian Orthodox priest who had married her to Sergei Grinkov only 4 and a half years ago, she cried and cried, cried for Sergei and cried for herself, cried at the realization that the words "and they lived happily ever after" were only words after all. The outpouring of grief had been constant since her husband had collapced and died in Lake Placid on Nov.
What was it she had said to Skott Hamilton, the 1984 U. 20, a 28-year-old victim of a coronary artery disease, and it was no different now.