Viktor Petrenko, who won a gold medal at the 1992 Winter Games, has been shunned by Ukrainian figure skating officials — and by President Volodymyr Zelensky — after performing in Sochi, Russia.
As Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in February, Viktor Petrenko, one of Ukraine’s most visible Olympic champions, posted the message “NO WAR” to his Instagram account. Days later, Petrenko’s daughter said her father had been stranded in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, where he was taking shelter after returning from a commemoration of his 1992 Olympic figure skating title that had been held in his hometown, Odesa.
Petrenko appeared to be one of the many Ukrainian athletes who would defiantly
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