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U.S. bobsledder detained, released by Canadian police [Updated]

February 25, 2010 | 12:18 pm

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Thursday that American bobsledder Bill Schuffenhauer was detained and released by Canadian police. The USOC did not comment any further on the matter, saying it was waiting for more details to become available.

Canadian police and the U.S. bobsled team declined requests for comment by the Associated Press.

"We understand that late last evening Bill Schuffenhauer, a member of the U.S. Bobsled team, was detained and released by authorities in Whistler," USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement.

It is unclear how the incident will affect Schuffenhauer's participation in the four-man bobsled competition on Friday. Schuffenhauer, 36, competes on the USA-3 sled. He won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

[Updated, 1:56 p.m.: U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele said Schuffenhauer was not arrested and is expected to compete. "It looks like nothing further is going to happen," he said.]

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.