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1ST LEAD Canadian athlete released by police after Pyeongchang incident By Andre Leslie, dpa

Europe, Europa
24.02.2018
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Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - Canadian Olympic athlete Dave Duncan has apologized for his behaviour after being released by South Korean police following an incident at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

"We are deeply sorry," Duncan and his wife Maja Margrethe Duncan said in a statement Saturday. "We engaged 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."

The 35-year-old freestyle skier, along with his wife and Canadian technical coach William Raine allegedly stole an idling Hummer vehicle after drinking at a bar in Daegwallyeong-myeon around midnight Friday, the Korea Times reported.

The newspaper said that the three drove to the Olympic Athletes Village and that police later found they were over the blood alcohol limit.

Details were not given about the incident but Raine, in his statement, said he "would also like to apologize to the owner of the vehicle that was involved."

Canada has so far won 11 gold medals at the Pyeongchang Games, placing them third on the overall medal count behind Norway and Germany.

However, they missed gold in both men‘s and women‘s ice hockey and had only mixed doubles gold from curling with neither the men nor women making the podium.

"The Korean police have concluded their investigation and our team members have been released," Chris Overholt, CEO and secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Committee said.

"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."

 

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