Have you had your morning coffee yet? Are you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Are you sitting down? You're going to need to be ready for the mental back flips we're about to ask you to do here following along with (and actually believing) this very real, very weird, story. Are you ready? We can wait if you're not. Go ahead. Take your time.
OK good, it's time.
So you know how the Olympics are considered a world-wide stage on which top athletes compete to bring honor and glory to their nations? Yeaaaaaah, that isn't what this story is about. This is about what happens when those athletes are off the field, unwinding, in a confined area and maaaaaybe have a little too much time on their hands.
Like enough time to get wasted and steal a tourists vehicle. Canadian skier David Duncan, his wife Maja, and Olympic Coach William Raine all managed to get themselves arrested in South Korea. The trio went out drinking, found a pink hummer that belonged to a tourist and just decided to help themselves to a joy ride.
The trio stole the vehicle. They then drove that stolen vehicle around Pyeongchang. While Drunk.
People were shocked that an Olympic athlete, their spouse and coach would steal a car; but more surprised when they found out the trio was from universal-nice-guy-nation, Canada.
According to sources, David was not the one driving when the vehicle was pulled over and the group was arrested. Allegedly it was the coach behind the wheel and well above the legal limit. Allegedly the driver's Blood Alcohol Level was 0.16. The legal limit in South Korea is 0.05 .
People had some thoughts.
David Duncan released a statement, saying: "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."
Coach William Raine spoke out as well: "I would like to apologize profusely for my inexcusable actions," said Raine. "Words are not enough to express how sorry I am. I have let my teammates, friends and my family down. I would also like to apologize to the owner of the vehicle that was involved."
No one was hurt in the incident. At least one person had a positive spin for the incident.
The trio was released from police custody with no charges filed. We're sure the Olympic Committee and Canadian officials will have more to say on the matter. Duncan has closed some social media accounts. We will keep you updated as the story develops.
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