Bedard gets bail on charge of breaching custodial order


QUEBEC City, Quebec -- Former Olympic biathlon champion
Myriam Bedard was given bail Friday on a charge of breaching a
custodial order involving her 12-year-old daughter.

Bedard's appearance in a Quebec City courtroom came a day after
she returned home following nearly two weeks in jail in the United

She was given bail with conditions that include supervised
visits with her daughter, remaining in Quebec and surrendering her
passport and appearing once a week at a designated Montreal police

"I'm very happy to be out, I can't wait to see my daughter,"
the two-time gold-medalist told a crush of reporters waiting
outside the courthouse.

Her attorney John Pepper Jr. considered the ruling "most
reasonable" ahead of a jury trial that will begin with a
preliminary hearing on April 2.

Bedard's lawyers contend she did not breach a custody agreement
when she took her daughter to the United States on Oct. 3. Bedard,
who was denied bail by a U.S. judge shortly after her arrest in
Maryland, waived her right to an extradition hearing.

The two countries agreed last Friday for her return to Quebec to
face the criminal charges.

The 37-year-old Bedard won two gold medals in the biathlon
competition at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

She faces up to 10 years in prison for child abduction. Her
ex-husband alleged she had taken their daughter from Quebec City
without his permission.