Bobsledder's charges stayed

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET

VANCOUVER — Charges against U.S. Olympic bobsledder Bill Allen Schuffenhauer were stayed Tuesday in North Vancouver provincial court.

The 37-year-old was charged April 9 for allegedly assaulting and threatening to cause death or bodily harm to his fiancee Ruth-Ann Savage in Whistler during the Winter Olympics on Feb. 24.

Schuffenhauer was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday, but Crown lawyer Jason Krupa told the court the case wouldn't proceed because Schuffenhauer has entered an "extensive counselling" program in Utah. Outside the court, Krupa said the Crown was informed of the development in the last month.

Schuffenhauer's four-man bobsled team finished 13th in Vancouver. Schuffenhauer won silver at Salt Lake 2002 after an ankle injury ended his hopes of competing in track and field at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The Salt Lake City native received considerable media attention in the U.S. because he overcame drug-addicted parents and homelessness to study at Weber State University.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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