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Monday, March 15, 2004
DUI charge cleared if he completes program

Associated Press

ENFIELD, Conn. -- Olympic champion figure skater Victor Petrenko was accepted Monday into an alcohol education program that would clear his record of a drunken driving charge.

The program will consist of one weekend of alcohol education in New Hampshire, said Petrenko's lawyer, Reese Norris. The 34-year-old skater was ordered to appear in court March 14, 2005.

Petrenko crashed his sport utility vehicle into a utility pole and fence in Simsbury on Jan. 28. If he completes the course, the charge will be dismissed and his record erased, Norris said.

Petrenko, who is from Ukraine and lives in Simsbury, won the 1992 Olympic gold medal.

Alexei Yagudin, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist, was placed in a similar alcohol education program after his August arrest in nearby Avon.

Both men train at the Connecticut International Skating Center in Newington.