Skier Bill Marolt and tobogganists George Farmer and Mike Hessel turned a few minutes of youthful mischief into an arrest in Innsbruck, Austria, during the 1964 Olympics that led to a melee with local police and made headlines back home. Details aren’t clear clear but the story goes something like this: the trio, upon leaving a party, found an unlocked car and hopped in (the car’s owner, a French ski-wear manufacturer, later said he’d lent it to them). Marolt was stopped by police for driving the wrong way down a one-way street, a war of words escalated, and the three men ended up fighting with Innsbruck police officers — and, they claimed, were beaten further after being taken into custody. Each was fined and given a suspended sentence for attacking and insulting police officers. Hessel, who was the first to walk free, told a reporter that he’d “been in worse jails” but that he would be leaving Austria sooner than planned “and that means tonight.” Marolt would end up with another vehicular infraction on his record: in 2010, as the well-compensated head of the U.S. Ski Team, he was arrested for driving under the influence.
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