Olympic champ says he was swindled

Olympic figure skating champ Alexei Yagudin has sued an automobile

shop owner he hired as his financial manager, saying he stole more

than $1 million from him.

Yagudin’s lawsuit was filed in federal court in Brooklyn on

Monday. It accuses Michael Goldin of Avon, Conn., and an accomplice

of squandering $1.15 million since 2003.

The lawsuit seeks more than $4 million in damages, saying

Goldin promised he was investing the money in 13 Florida real

estate properties, a dozen of which were never bought.

A message left with a lawyer for Goldin was not immediately

returned Tuesday.

Yagudin, a four-time world champion from Russia, won gold in

2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, achieving the best marks of any

single skater in the games.