Throwback Thursday

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Throwback Thursday – this is a weekly event hosted by me! It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog!

This week's throwback is:

My Sergei: A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordeeva

In the former Soviet Union, the sports establishment, charged with producing winners for the greater glory of the empire, had almost unlimited power over the athletically gifted. Children as young as five or six were identified, sent to special schools and given rigorous training in the sports in which they were expected to excel. Two such youngsters were Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, paired as skaters by their teachers when they were 11 and 14, respectively. Throughout their training and into the start of their competitive careers, each thought of the other only as an athletic partner, partly because the four-year difference in their ages meant they had few friends in common. But as time passed and their joint career led to international championships, they fell in love and married. Their success culminated in Olympic gold medals in 1990 and 1994. And then, suddenly, Grinkov died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 28. The story of their love and their happiness together is deeply moving, and the final chapters are heartrending, while the many photos heighten the tale.

This was a spontaneous purchase of mine on my first trip to a used book store when I was in high school. For me it represented the unique finds that are what I thought used book stores were all about. It's a wonderful but heartbreaking read about Ekaterina and Sergei's relationship and their rise in figure skating.


sumanam said...

oh!!!!!! What an wonderful lovestory, yet so heartbreaking...don't you love it when you get a gem like this without expecting it...
this week my throwback made me sad..
here is my throwback:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I love the Russian stories! Somehow, they seem romantic, sad, and so thought-provoking that we recall them forever.

I posted my Throwback Thursday over at my Reflections blog...

I hope you'll visit.

Christy said...

Just a note to let you know, I have something for you here: :)

Well-Read Reviews said...

That's too funny. I actually read My Sergei and I remember loving that book. It was so depressing, but I loved the Russian names. :)

Well-Read Reviews

Well-Read Reviews said...

Here is my TBT:


thetruebookaddict said...

Such a tragic story. My mom read this and she said it was really good. I have not read because I have a problem reading books that I already know have a sad ending.

I am a big fan of used book sales/stores. I have found some great ones in this way, which is what my 'Great Finds' posts are great finds at these types of sales/stores!

Lynne said...

I was so into this whole sad situation when it happened. I loved Ekaterina, and I remember them skating together and when they had their little girl. I bought the book when it first came out. I think I was in love with how in love they were. So young and so sweet. The strength she had to endure her husband's tragic death was amazing.

Loved this Throwback Thursday of yours!

Jenny said...

Sumanam -- yes! this was def. a gem.

Laurel -- this was really sad too since it was a true story.

Allison -- i haven't found many others who have read this!

Michelle -- i know what you mean... and not only that it has a sad ending but when you know it's true and really happened. it was def. heartbreaking. =(

Lynne -- thanks! i wasn't aware of it all when it happened but reading this gave me an interest in going back and watching videos of stuff, and it always interests me to see Ekaterina now.

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