GORDEIEVA Ekatarina (1971) - GRINKOV Sergei (1967 - 1995), Russia
Young and handsome with a terrific artistic sense and agility on ice, they could not win the gold medal at the 1988 Calgary games for pairs skating. They then got married, had a baby and turned professional. Six years later they returned to their amateur status again so as to qualify for the Lillehammer games. They again won the publics hearts and were awarded the gold medal.
But all their happiness came to an end when Sergei collapsed during a routine training session. He died at the hospital, leaving behind his young wife and 3-year-old daughter. He was only 28.