Thursday, April 22, 2010

Paralympic Champion Arrested

Jim Armstrong, the skip of the Canadian team which won gold at the recent Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, has been charged in the USA with attempting to smuggle counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills into British Columbia.

The bizarre story is described here on The Curling News blog, and the Wheelchair Curling Blog has more here and here. And TSN has the CP story here.

My own feeling is that 'innocent until prove guilty' is the correct line to take here, and it will be interesting to see what transpires. If Armstrong is found guilty, it could damage the image of wheelchair curling, a case where the maxim 'any publicity is good publicity' may not apply. Court date is April 30.

The photo of Armstrong competing at Kinross last year is © Skip Cottage.