MONTREAL -- Former double Olympic medallist Myriam Bedard, beset with legal problems since retirement, will find out Thursday if Canada's highest court will hear an appeal of her criminal conviction.
Bedard was found guilty in 2007 of kidnapping her daughter Maude and sentenced to a conditional discharge and two years probation. She has been fighting the verdict and the sentence ever since.
In October 2006 she had travelled to Washington, D.C., with her daughter, then 11 years old, and her second husband, who is not the child’s father. Bedard’s first husband, biathlete coach Jean Paquet, complained to Quebec City police who sought an arrest warrant through counterparts in Maryland.
Officers arrested Bedard in December and held her in a U.S. jail for 14 days before extraditing her to Canada.
A year later, a Quebec City jury convicted Bedard of breaching a custody order. She appealed to the Quebec Court of Appeal, which rejected her claim. Bedard wants the high court to overturn the sentence that included an order for her to turn in her passport and her biathlon weapons.
Bedard’s double gold-medal performance captivated the nation during the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
She later made headlines for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing connected to the Liberal sponsorship program.
Bedard said she had been forced from her marketing job at Via Rail after raising questions about inflated payments to Quebec ad firms.
Via Rail chairman Jean Pelletier was subsequently fired for belittling Bedard.