Canadian athlete Dave Duncan arrested, released in South Korea incident


Canadian skier David Duncan, his wife, Maja Margrethe Duncan, and trainer William Ryan Raine spent Friday night behind bars, accused of stealing a vehicle during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Duncan, 35, competes in ski cross and although he's from London, Ont., he lives and trains in Whistler. The coach was fined 5 million South Korean won ($4,600) for driving under the influence of alcohol. They have been banned from leaving South Korea, but the police says that they could be released if they pay a fine.

Raine allegedly had a blood alcohol level of.162, well above the local legal driving limit of.05.

The manager has been charged with drunken driving, the official said.

In a Saturday statement, a COC official noted that Korean police had completed a preliminary investigation into the incident and that Duncan, his wife and the team coach had been released from custody.

The Canadian Olympic Committee kept fans updated as the scenario progressed.

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Duncan finished eighth in ski-cross in Pyeonchang earlier on Wednesday. The skier is decorated in the X-Games, where he won bronze in 2012 and silver in 2010.

Raine participated in alpine skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

Worldwide crime officials at the Gangwon Provincial Police Agency reported that if the alleged offenses are charged as serious crimes, the three would be forced to remain in the country pending trial, according to Reuters.

The couple released a joint apology, noting: "We engaged in behavior that demonstrated poor judgement and was not up to the standards expected of us as Members of the Canadian Olympic Team or as Canadians".

Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Overholt confirmed on Saturday that an investigation was underway but would not get into further details. We are deeply disappointed in the behaviours of these individuals.

"Words are not enough to express how sorry I am", he said in his statement, adding he let his teammates down and that he also wanted to apologise to the owner of the vehicle.