Gordeeva and Grinkov’s communication on the ice was legendary. The movements of the 1988 and 1994 Olympic pair skating champions were perfectly in sync, their jumps huge and unbelievably beautiful. The duo married, had a child, and continued to express themselves as skaters until Grinkov died suddenly of congestive heart failure at just 28 years of age. Gordeeva’s solo skate in honor of her husband and partner was chilling as she later said she felt as if she were skating with him.
The communication between these top performing athletes seems intuitive, as if they are engaging in an unspoken dialogue.
Maybe they were. But most likely, their smooth communication came from hard work and lots of practice.
In any event, I’ve learned that unspoken communication isn’t communication at all. It’s a recipe for misunderstanding.
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