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Canadian Olympic skier arrested in PyeongChang after a vehicle was stolen

February 24, 2018 at 12:09 PM

David Duncan of Canada celebrates after winning a qualifying heat during the ski cross competition. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

Canadian Olympian David Duncan, his wife Maja and his trainer Willy Raine were arrested Saturday after police in South Korea said a vehicle was stolen and the person at the wheel of the vehicle had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit at the time of the arrest, according to a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Duncan, a ski cross athlete for Team Canada, and the two others were released, but are not allowed to leave South Korea while prosecutors look into what was called an “expedited” case, according to CBC’s Stephanie Jenzer.

Raine was at the wheel of the stolen vehicle, a pink Hummer, and had a blood alcohol level of 0.16 when arrested, according to a local report. David Duncan reportedly explained to local police that they climbed into the parked vehicle, which belonged to a tourist visiting the village of Daegwallyeong for the Games, because he was cold.

“We are deeply sorry. We engaged in behavior that demonstrated poor judgment and was not up to the standards expected of us as members of the Canadian Olympic Team or as Canadians,” the Duncans said in a statement.

Raine also apologized in a statement to “teammates, friends and my family,” as well as the owner of the vehicle, calling his actions “inexcusable.”

No court date has been set but the police have concluded their investigation, according to the CBC report.

“We expect our athletes and team members to conduct themselves responsibly and in keeping with our Canadian and Olympic values,” said Chris Overholt, chief executive of the Canadian Olympic Committee. ” We are deeply disappointed in the behaviors of these individuals. All team members are expected to respect the laws of South Korea and all places we compete in around the world.”

David Duncan finished eight in ski cross at the PyeongChang Games. He is a two-time X-Games medalist in the discipline. Raine is a former Olympic Alpine skier, who competed for Canada at the 1992 Albertville Games but did not medal.

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Bryan Flaherty is a digital editor in Sports. He works on breaking news and social media. Previously he ran The Post's swimming blog covering the sport at all levels, from high school through Olympic athletes.

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