On February 24th, 35-year-old Canadian skier Dave Duncan, his wife Maja, and Ski Cross High Performance Director William Raine were arrested for stealing a Hummer and driving it into the Olympic Village in Pyeongchang.
According to CBC, Olympic coach Raine was behind the wheel, and had a blood alcohol level of 0.16, which is far beyond the 0.05 legal limit in South Korea.
The three were arrested and subsequently released, but are not allowed to leave South Korea at this time. The case has been turned over to prosecutors and expedited, but authorities are not sure exactly how long it will take for a resolution to occur.
“We are deeply sorry”
David Duncan and wife Maja issued a joint apology statement, expressing their regret for “engaging in behaviour that demonstrated poor judgement and was not up to the standards expected of us as Members of the Canadian Olympic Team or as Canadians.”
Whistler-based William Raine, who is the son of legendary Canadian skier Nancy Greene, also issued a similar apology.
“Words are not enough to express how sorry I am,” he stated. “I have let my teammates, friends and my family down. I would also like to apologize to the owner of the vehicle that was involved.”
Canadian Olympic Committee “deeply disappointed”
“The Korean police have concluded their investigation and our team members have been released,” reads a statement from Chris Overholt, CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
“We expect our athletes and team members to conduct themselves responsibly and in keeping with our Canadian and Olympic values. We are deeply disappointed in the behaviours of these individuals. All team members are expected to respect the laws of South Korea and all places we compete in around the world.”