August 2, 2010
U.S. Olympic bobsledder to be tried in B.C.
By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER - United States Olympic bobsledder Bill Allen Schuffenhauer will be tried Aug. 17 in North Vancouver Provincial court, QMI has learned.
The 37-year-old was formally charged April 9 for allegedly assaulting and threatening to cause death or bodily harm to fiancee Ruth-Ann Savage in Whistler during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The incident allegedly happened Feb. 24. Schuffenhauer was arrested and released the next day.
Schuffenhauer was on the 13th place, four-man bobsled driven by Mike Kohn at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Feb. 27. Schuffenhauer won silver at Salt Lake 2002 after an ankle injury ended his hopes of competing in track and field at Sydney 2000.
Schuffenhauer, Savage and their four-year-old son Corben appeared happy in photographs taken at a Feb. 22 appearance at the Procter and Gamble-sponsored U.S. Olympic Committee Family Home in the Wosk Centre.
The Salt Lake City native garnered considerable media attention in the U.S. because he overcame drug-addicted parents and homelessness to study at Weber State University.