Rebagliati settles suit with CTV
Herald News ServicesPublished: Friday, April 25, 2008
Ross Rebagliati, who the won the first ever 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.
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 startling like Rebagliati.
"He lived in Whistler, he was the same height, had the same colour hair, the same haircut and wore the same red jacket with white sleeves that I wore on the podium in 1998 when I got my gold medal," Rebagliati said Thursday.
Rebagliati had his gold medal, won at the Nagano, Japan, Games, stripped after he tested positive for marijuana.
The decision was eventually overturned.