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Gold Medal Skier Remains in Jail

February 15, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The attorney for Olympic gold medal skier Bill Johnson on Monday asked that the former athlete be released from jail after a traffic stop resulted in charges of assaulting police officers and driving under the influence.

But Judge Steven Todd ordered Johnson to remain in jail pending evaluation for supervised release.

A sheriff’s deputy and police officer stopped Johnson in his pickup truck last Friday near his mother’s house in Gresham.

Johnson allegedly punched the deputy repeatedly and kicked the officer in the groin after taunting them with his gold medal from the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, where Johnson became the first U.S. skier to win the downhill.

Defense lawyer Gerald Doblie said Johnson suffers from poor judgment and lack of impulse control as a result of a 2001 head injury he suffered during a comeback attempt. Johnson was wearing a helmet but was in a coma for weeks after he slammed headfirst into hardpacked snow on a downhill training run.

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