Earlier in his career, he competed with Tatiana Sharanova. They placed 7th at the 1964 European Championships. They were the first in the world pair with a great difference in height.
His competitive career ended in 1969 when Zhuk became pregnant. She and her husband Albert Shesternyov decided to keep the baby and retire from competitive skating. Gorelik did not want to look for a new partner and start skating over again. After trying without success to train with Irina Rodnina, he also retired. Gorelik worked as a figure skating commentator on radio and was invited to play the main role (Sergei Berestov) in 1969 movie about figure skating Goluboi led.
He performed at circus on ice shows with Tatiana Zhuk and later worked as a coach. He was a figure skating commentator for Russia TV for a time.