Heart attack kills Grinkov, aged 28

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Sergei Grinkov, the world and Olympic champion, collapsed and died of a heart attack yesterday while skating with his wife during a practice session in Lake Placid, New York.

Grinkov, 28, fell to the ice while lifting his wife, Yekaterina Gordeeva, at the Olympic Ice arena. Don Krone, a spokesman for the rink, said no further details would be released until family members were notified.

Grinkov and his wife were world champions twice and won the Olympic pairs gold medal in 1988 and 1994. They were rehearsing for the Stars On Ice show to be held at the arena.