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Rudy Galindo Arrested on DUI Charge

August 20, 1996

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) _ Defending national figure skating champion Rudy Galindo was arrested today on suspicion of drunken driving.

Galindo was booked on one count of misdemeanor drunken driving, according to Rich Kitson of the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections.

He was arrested around 2 a.m. and released about seven hours later, Kitson said.

In one of skating’s biggest upsets, Galindo won the men’s title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships earlier this year.

Galindo, 26, was twice a national pairs champion with Kristi Yamaguchi before she went on to solo success and an Olympic gold medal. In recent years, Galindo never placed higher than fifth in nationals.

Galindo’s had personal problems as his career soared. Coach Jim Hulick died of colon cancer in 1989. His father Jess Galindo died of a heart attack in April 1993, and six months later his brother George died of AIDS. He also lost coach Rick Inglesi to AIDS.

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