After a thread for Arthur, I thought about starting one for Sergei.
Itís quite interesting to think that Sergei achieved so much in figure skating, and he didnít even enjoy skating during his amateur career. If I remember correctly he started to enjoy skating later during SOI and the pro-competitions.
Sergei initially wanted to become a single skater, but he was paired up with Katia. He was not happy about it and complained that he was too difficult to lift Katia.
He didnít take training seriously and would skip many sessions, so much that a kind of ďinterventionĒ was held at Sergeiís house where the parents talked to him about his future in this sport.
Sergei as well as Katia, hated Zhuk. But Sergei would talk back to him, and wouldnít follow his orders.
Sergei wanted to quit skating after 1988 or 1989, but the federation gave him a small flat to keep him motivated.
Sergei was a perfectionist, who could learn a new choreography very quickly. After skating so nervously in 1994, he wanted to come back for the Olympics in 1998 in order to skate a flawless program. Sergei didnítí like the way he skated and wouldnít answer Katiaís questions ďhow did we do the jumpsĒ while they were still on the Olympic ice soon after their gold performance.
Extract from the Philadelphia Inquirer: When the performance was over, the couple hugged and whispered. What did they whisper? "I ask Sergei if he make mistakes," Gordeeva said. "He said yes."
Although the media kept talking about their love story on and off the ice, Sergei didnít like to skate to anything that would look phoney, so if the choreography would look too much likeÖmmmh letís say ďlove storyĒ, he would not have skated.
Sergei was also a great sportsmanship who believed in honesty. For example, although he was a bit jealous of Christopher Bowman for giving too much attention to Katia, he never thought about a knee-whacking attack.
This is a video dedicated to him