Ross Rebagliati Settles with CTV Out of Court
Kelowna resident and former Olympic dold-medalist Ross Rebagliati has settled a lawsuit against the creators of the show "Whistler" out of court.
He sued the show, the series' producer and CTV, saying an unsavoury character on the show was based on him.
Rebagliati tells Astral Media Radio News he didn't launch the suit to get a big pay-out, but "unfortunately the system developed over the last 20 or 40 years in North America...the only way to get a huge company to pay attention to you is to file a lawsuit."
Although Rebagliati is not disclosing the amount of the settlement, he tells us it's not enough to retire.
He says he and his wife recently purchased a home near the Lake in Kelowna, and are looking forward to getting on with their lives.
Rebagliati won the first Olympic gold medal for snowboarding at the 1998 Nagano games, only to have it taken away for marijuana in his system.
The medal was re-instated days later.
Charmaine de Silva - Astral Media Radio News (Kelowna)