BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Olympic figure skater Ekaterina GordeevaOlympic gold medalist Sergei Grinkov was rehearsing for “Stars on Ice” in Lake Placid, New York, in 1995 when he died from a heart attack.

Twenty years later, his wife and skating partner, Ekaterina Gordeeva, is returning to Lake Placid to honor her late husband in “Ekaterina Gordeeva From the Heart” on Dec. 30.

The famed Russian couple were pairs Olympic champions in 1988 and 1994 and four-time world champions.

Gordeeva will be joined by Olympians Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Ilia Kulik, David Pelletier and others.

“We’re excited that IMG and Ekaterina Gordeeva are bringing this show to Lake Placid. The community has always had a special connection to Ekaterina and several other members of the show’s cast,” said Jon Lundin, spokesman for the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

“This promises to be an exciting and emotional evening,” he said.

Gordeeva and Grinkov married in 1991 and their daughter, Daria, was born in 1992. Grinkov was 28 years old when he died; Gordeeva was 24.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the American Heart Association.

Tickets are available online or by calling the Lake Placid Olympic Center Box Office at 518-523-3330.