Olympic Skater Turned Coach Arrested In Md.

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — A figure skating coach who competed at the Olympics for the Soviet Union was arrested Tuesday in Maryland as a fugitive from charges in New York.

Authorities in New York wouldn’t release details of the case against 50-year-old Genrich Sretenski except to say it involves an incident last year in the village of Lake Placid, a hub of figure skating training and competition.

Lake Placid police Sgt. Charles Dobson said his department took a complaint involving Sretenski on Sept. 16, 2011, and turned its investigation over to state police in November.

New York troopers said Sretenski was jailed in Howard County until an extradition hearing Wednesday. They said they wouldn’t discuss the case against him until he’s returned to New York and arraigned. It’s unknown if Sretenski will contest extradition.

Telephone messages left at the Maryland rink where Sretenski teaches and in New York for Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague weren’t returned Tuesday afternoon.

Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Sretenski was arrested in Clarksville but referred other questions to New York authorities.

Sretenski, who was born in Moscow, competed across Europe in the 1980s. He and ice dancing partner Natalia Annenko placed fourth at the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary.

Renee Felton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Figure Skating Association, said Sretenski does not coach any of the team’s skaters.

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