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August 13, 2011 / AP, New York / DC.
A teenage skier accused of getting drunk and then urinating in the cabin of a JetBlue flight was dismissed from the US Ski Team's development squad.
Robert ‘Sandy’ Vietze was detained by police at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning after arriving on a red-eye flight from Portland, Oregon.
Police accused Vietze of urinating on a 12-year-old girl on the plane. But a lawyer for the girl's family later denied that account, saying he urinated on the floor next to her. Vietze, 18, faces a federal misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, according to the US attorney's office in Brooklyn.
US Ski and Snowboard Association Executive Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner said in an email sent to the media on Friday: "Based on the information we have, Sandy Vietze is in violation of the USSA code of conduct and team agreement, and has been dismissed from the team."
The phone has been ringing unanswered at the family's home since Thursday, when the New York Post first reported the story. Vietze was nominated to the development team this spring after excelling as an alpine skier at the Green Mountain Valley School, a top ski academy and high school in Vermont, where tuition runs as much as USD 42,384 per year.
He had been scheduled to compete on the national ski team's developmental squad for the 2011-12 season. A Port Authority Police Department detective wrote in court documents that Vietze told him he had consumed five or six beers and two rum and cola cocktails before boarding the flight.
He said he passed out in his seat and awoke to find himself being yelled at by the father of a 12-year-old girl. According to the police account, the girl's father told the detective that when he returned from a trip to the bathroom at 2:30 a.m. (local time), he found Vietze urinating on his daughter.
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