Ex-Olympic champ Marc Gagnon pleads guilty to drunk driving

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Three-time Olympic short-track speed skating gold medalist Marc Gagnon pleaded guilty in a Joliette courtroom yesterday to a charge of drinking and driving.

He was arrested in Mascouche in 2007 after a night out with friends. Five years later, in July 2012, a judge suspended the proceedings against him, but an appeal court judge ordered his trial resume a year later.

His guilty plea means an $800 fine and a one-year driving ban.

The 38-year-old Chicoutimi native says his arrest has cost him several professional opportunities.

Gagnon is one of the most decorated Canadian Olympians ever, winning two speed skating gold medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, and one other in Nagano in 1998.

He also won a bronze medal in Lillehammer in 1994, and again in Salt Lake City.

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