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Edmonton Journal - Gold medallist settles lawsuit over T show


Blog by | April 30th, 2008


Gold medallist settles lawsuit over TV show

Canwest News Service

Published: Friday, April 25

VANCOUVER - Ross Rebagliati, who won the first Olympic snowboarding gold medal, has settled his lawsuit with television network CTV.

Rebagliati launched the suit in 2006 when CTV introduced its TV show Whistler, promoted as an expose of the elite snow sports and high-living community in the resort town north of Vancouver.

The professional boarder said his website, e-mail and Facebook site were flooded by comments from people who found its central character, a blond, blue-eyed party animal with an Olympic gold medal named Beck McKaye, to be startlingly like Rebagliati.

CTV spokeswoman Bonnie Brownlee would say only that "the lawsuit has been settled out of court," and would not divulge any details.