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Expository Essay #3
Ekaterina Gordeeva
Britney Layne

     There are not many people on this earth that I can say inspire me to achieve my dreams. That is why Ekaterina Gordeeva is so special to me. She inspires me in many
     Ekaterina Gordeeva inspires me  because she is very brave. When she was just a toddler, she began figure skating. She traveled around the world without her parents throughout her entire childhood. Most kids can't stand one  hour without their parents.  Many times Ekaterina fell during skating , but she always got back up and continued skating. Ekaterina also survived the loss of her husband, Sergei Grinkov, and if that's not bravery I don't know what is.
     Another way Ekaterina inspires me is she is extremely talented . She started skating at a very early age, and held an Olympic title by the time she turned thirteen. She has won many competitions and is a role model for many young figure skaters trying to follow in her footsteps. She also is a wonderful mother. That alone takes much talent.
     I also admire Ekaterina Gordeeva because she is such a strong person. The fact that she is still skating after her husband/partner's death is amazing. She had never skated
alone in a competition until Sergei's death. She went through tons of mental abuse from Sergei's parents because they blamed her for their son's death. Clearly it is impossible
because the doctors assured it was a heart attack. Most importantly, Ekaterina is staying strong for her daughter, Daria. She has to answer Daria's questions about her father, and that must be extremely hard for a widow.
     To me, Ekaterina Gordeeva is a very inspiring person. I believe you don't have to know a person to be inspired by them . People can be inspirational by doing the little things that make them who they are. Ekaterina Gordeeva is a perfect example of what an inspirational person should be.

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