I was in the Soviet Union on a college tour in November & December of 1989.
I remember thinking that it would be great to see Gordeeva & Grinkov while I
was in Moscow. I know it was a silly dream, but I was hoping anyway. (I
never did see them while I was there.)
A couple of years later I saw "Stars on Ice" in St. Louis. I spoke to Katya
after the show. She was so nice, so polite. I was honored to meet her. I
remember that Sergei stood right next to her, but he never said a word. I
wondered if he knew English.
I can remember seeing parts on Katya & Sergei's Russian Orthodox wedding
ceremony video during a skating show on t.v. It was beautiful. They both
looked so happy. I too am Russian Orthodox, and it felt wonderful to see
their Orthodox wedding. I never imagined that in just a few years I would
be crying tears of sorrow for them.
I will always cherish my memories of Katya & Sergei. I hope that Katya is
able to find strength and comfort in her memories. Whatever she chooses to
do with her future, I hope that she finds happiness again. I hope she knows
how much her family, friends, and skating fans around the world care about
her and Daria.
God bless you, Sergei, and may God watch over Katya & Daria.