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Monday, February 14, 2005


1992 European, World and Olympic Champion Viktor Petrenko has been a member of the “Champions on Ice” cast for seventeen years – and he isn’t done yet!

“I keep up my interest in figure skating,” the Odessa, Ukraine native explained. “I always try to come up with different programs, different characters. That keeps me interested. Thanks to (tour founder) Tommy (Collins), who is always strict about telling me, “I want to see better next year. Better! Better!” It’s good motivation. It keeps me in business.”

Viktor has used his skating celebrity to support many worthwhile charities, including Figure Skating in Harlem. He added, “Besides supporting charities, I also want to promote the sport overall across the country. I’ve been a figure skater for thirty years, so I think skating is a very good thing!”

Viktor’s enthusiasm for his beloved sport extends to his daughter, Viktoria. “She’s seven and she started skating a couple of years ago. She competed last season three times, and she had quite successful performances. She won twice!”

Though Viktor tutors Viktoria a little bit on the ice, he confessed, “It’s hard because I am traveling. I’m trying to help her, but she has her own skating style. My mother-in-law, my (former) coach, Galina Zmievskaya, who coached me and who made (1994 Olympic Champion) Oksana Bauil, is coaching her. So far, I have no complaints.”

Well, maybe just one. Viktor admitted that, when Viktoria competes, “I’m more nervous when I’m watching her skate, because when I’m on the ice, I know what to expect. I’m controlling myself. Having her step on the ice makes me more nervous, because I don’t know what she’s going to do next.”

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