Now, seven days a week, 12 hours a day, she and new husband Kulik run their rink, where skaters as young as 4 learn leaps and toe turns and maybe a little bit about how to get up when you fall really hard.
"It's a special training environment," she says.
At 42, Gordeeva is still performing herself, starring in "Broadway on Ice," at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. You can catch her Friday and Saturday, a sampling of real Olympic glamour a month before the next Winter Games.
And an elegant example of how to get up when you fall really hard.
Speaking of getting back on your blades, you definitely must remember Bill Iffrig, the wiry old coot who scrambled to his feet after getting blown to the pavement in the Boston Marathon bombing.
All elbows and table legs, the 79-year-old runner managed to take the final 15 steps to the finish line — his 45th marathon — amid the smoke and mayhem.
"I'm doing great," he says now from his home in Lake Stevens, Wash. "We've had a little snow up here so we'll have a white Christmas."
The retired carpenter and avid runner says a quad muscle he tore in Boston healed a little funny, but it doesn't bother him. He ran a 12K a week ago, finishing in about an hour on a very hilly course.
He says Boston officials have not contacted him about a return, and he'd be more inclined to go the next year anyway, when he'd qualify for the next age group up.
"I look back at it," he says of that fateful day. "When you're running a marathon, all you're thinking about is finishing.
"Maybe I should've just laid there a while," he says with a chuckle.
But, Bill, you didn't.
And someday, I want to be a wiry old coot just like you.