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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 08/12/2011

U.S. skier Robert “Sandy” Vietze cut from development team for allegedly urinating on airline passenger

When you gotta go, you gotta go. And sometimes the wait for an airplane lavatory can seem almost too much to bear.
Robert “Sandy” Vietze simply couldn’t hold it. (Doug Williams - USSKITEAM.com)

But that won’t the behavior of an 18-year-old U.S. Ski Team development squad member on a JetBlue flight earlier this week.

Robert “Sandy” Vietze was detained by police at JFK International Airport in New York on Wednesday morning after allegedly urinating on a 12-year-old girl during a red-eye flight from Portland, Ore.

Now Vietze has been dismissed from the development squad and faces federal misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure.

According to the New York Post, which first reported the incident, Vietze told authorities at the scene: “I was drunk, and I did not realize I was (urinating) on her leg.”

In court documents a Port Authority Police Department detective wrote Vietze said he consumed five or six beers and two rum and cola cocktails before boarding the plane. He said he passed out in his seat and awoke when the girl’s father was berating him.

According to the story in the New York Post, when the father returned from the restroom to see Vietze relieving himself on his daughter, the man yelled “(Profanity) that kid. I don’t want him near my family!” and went after Vietze. Flight attendants had to separate the two men.

In an e-mail sent to The Associated Press on Friday, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Executive Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner said: “Based on the information we have, Sandy Vietze is in violation of the USSA code of conduct and team agreement, and has been dismissed from the team.”

Vietze was attending the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, Vt., where his skills on the slopes earned a nomination to the development team this spring.

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