Ross Rebagliati

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Rebagliati in 2006.
Ross Rebagliati
Medal record
Men’s snowboarding
Competitor for  Canada
Olympic Games
Gold 1998 Nagano Giant Slalom

Ross Rebagliati (born July 14, 1971 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional snowboarder and founder of Ross' Gold, a Canadian Medical Marijuana company.

He turned pro in 1991. He was the first ever to win an Olympic gold medal for Men's Snowboarding at the 1998 Winter Olympics. After winning the gold, he was found to have Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his circulatory system and he was automatically disqualified. This decision was eventually overturned, largely on the basis that marijuana was not on the list of banned substances, and Rebagliati was given back the medal.[1] THC has since been listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as a banned substance.

On August 2, 2006 Rebagliati filed suit against Canadian television broadcaster CTV. The suit was filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court, and charges CTV with misappropriation of personality, breach of privacy and defamation. Rebagliati claims that a character on their TV series Whistler is based on him and has damaged his image. The character in question, Beck MacKaye, is a blond, blue-eyed, Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder who lives in Whistler. CTV denied his claims, but the suit was ultimately settled out of court.[2]

Rebagliati was the subject of full-page coverage in the July 14, 2008 edition of Sports Illustrated, which profiled his life since his Olympic win.

On October 23, 2009, Rebagliati announced that he would seek the federal Liberal Party nomination for the Okanagan—Coquihalla riding, in British Columbia. At the time, political observers suggested that this could be a tough challenge for the former Olympian, as the seat was held by Minister of International Trade, Stockwell Day.[3] Eventually he bowed out as his business ventures brought him home to Whistler.

For the past five years, Mr. Rebagliati has been involved in multi-million dollar real estate development projects throughout British Columbia, as well as residential construction.[4]

In January 2013, Ross and his business partner, Patrick Smyth launched Ross' Gold, a medical marijuana business. Ross’s Gold primary focus remains on establishing a brand in Canada and gaining a foothold in the industry once the federal government's new regulations come into play in April 2014. Under the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, cannabis would be treated as any other narcotic used for medical purposes, enabling patients to acquire products as needed based on a health-care practitioner's prescription.[5]

Since announcing the launch of Ross' Gold medical marijuana, Rebagliati has been featured in numerous publications including USA Today,[6] the Huffington Post,[7] the CBC with Jian Ghomeshi,[8] The Toronto Sun,[9] and the Cover of High Times in October 2013.[10]

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