Former Olympic Canadian snowboarder sentenced for cocaine smuggling

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 7, 2010 8:56 am

Canadian snowboarder Ryan Wedding had a taste of the Olympics. He’s also had a taste of cocaine.

Wedding competed in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics placing 24th in his event, and had hoped to compete again this year in his home country. That dream was shattered when he was convicted last December of conspiring to sell cocaine.

Well, he missed the Games this year, perhaps he can make up for it at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Nope. Wedding was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison. While his professional snowboarding career may be over, the sentencing could have been much worse. Usually a crime of that nature carries with it a minimum 10-year sentence.

The U.S. Attorney proved that Wedding, along with 2 co-conspirators, worked for Elmar Akhundov, “the leader of the Akhundov drug-trafficking organization based in Vancouver and under investigation in California for money laundering and drug trafficking.”

Wedding still denies being a part of any drug gang.