This year’s Winter Olympic Games produced a lot of winners, but not all participating athletes fared so well. Unfortunately, one Olympic skier, along with his wife and coach, decided to do something very unsportsmanlike that resulted in an alcohol-related arrest.
David Duncan, a Canadian ski cross athlete who placed eighth in his event, was arrested by South Korean police after he, his wife Maja, and his skiing coach Willy Raine were found in a car that belonged to none of the three. Local press reported that the pink Hummer had been unoccupied and idling when the trio decided to take a joyride. Raine, who was behind the wheel, was discovered to have a blood alcohol level of 0.16. While the average drunk driver has driven while intoxicated around 80 times before their first arrest, South Korea’s legal limit of 0.05 clinched Raine’s fate with local police. The Duncans were charged with car theft, but police maintain that they were also intoxicated at the time of their arrest.
Although the three were released after local police concluded their investigation, they were restricted from leaving the country for now. However, it’s likely they’ll simply be able to pay a fine to do so. Still, Chris Overhold, the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee, expressed the organization’s reaction to the events.
“We have an athlete’s agreement that all athletes do sign before they agree to come to the Olympic games that speaks to appropriate codes of conduct and the values of the Olympic committee,” explained Overholt at a press conference. “We are deeply disappointed in the behaviors of these individuals.”
David and Maja Duncan later issued a joint apology for their “behavior that demonstrated poor judgement,” saying that they did not live up “to the standards expected of us as members of the Canadian Olympic Team or as Canadians.”
Raine issued his own statement, referring to his actions as “inexcusable” and saying, “Words are not enough to express how sorry I am. I have let my teammates, friends, and my family down.”
Fortunately, the incident did not lead to any injuries. There are approximately 6 million car accidents that take place in the U.S. each year, but there are far fewer that take place in Korea — according to Kojects, there were only around 223,500 traffic accidents there in 2014. Still, the embarrassment and guilt may be enough punishment for the esteemed athletes to rethink their ways for the foreseeable future. After all, the Canadian Olympic Team’s official slogan for the Pyeongchang Games was, “Be Virtuous, Be Victorious, Be Olympic.”