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The first rider after the bad-weather pause at Mount Yakebitai (Shiga Kogen) shredded his way through all 962m of the course while hitting all 38 of the course gates right on. Then he waited for competitor after competitor to finish their runs; at the end, he whooped in joy and received hugs from his father and teammates. Ross Rebagliati of Whistler, B.C. has become the first-ever snowboarding gold medalist in Olympic history. The rest of the story you should know by now......whaddya mean, you don't know? Just look at my recap of what happened to Ross from his Nagano win to his Whistler homecoming!

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On the way to Nagano gold
The confirmation! Getting a hold of his gold medal
Ross Rebagliati pulls off a dazzling second run, slashing his way from 8th place to 1st in Nagano to win the first-ever snowboarding gold medal in Olympic history. His total time: 2:03:96.

"Just the rest of my life."

~the amount of time Ross plans to celebrate his gold-medal performance
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Shock to the system: Ross is mobbed by worldwide media
Ross on his way to interrogation with the Japanese police
Ross tests positive for minute traces of marijuana in his system, resulting in his gold being stripped. Ross and the Canadian Olympic Association launches an appeal to the International Olympic Committee's decision.

According to Ross, he had quit smoking marijuana since April 17, 1997; therefore, any marijuana found in his system must have came from second-hand smoke he'd inhaled during a going-to-Nagano party in Whistler on January 31, 1998.

"I felt weak. I didn't know what to think, what to say. I started feeling cold and I had to sit down and take a few deep breaths and try to compose myself."

~Ross' feelings after being told that he tested positive for an illegal substance
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Ross proudly holds that big gold medal outside of the Japanese police station
Ross' press conference after regaining his medal
The decision: Ross gets to keep the gold medal! The Court Of Arbitration has ruled that the IOC's policies regarding marijuana was too vague, so it had no right to strip Ross of his medal. Needless to say, much of Canada is stoked at the news! :)

"The worst the sky came down on me, the more they supported me. They stood behind me no matter what. I was still the champion to them, with or without the medal, and that was the most important thing for me."

~Ross thanks his friends and others who supported him throughout his ordeal
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Some handouts from Ross and Jay Leno
Ross, don't talk with your mouth full! Love that calm, beautiful look Show me the money...er, gold
Ross appears on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, drawing mass laughter and applause from the audience when he recapped his Nagano experience.

Before becoming a Leno guest, Ross has already been the subject of a skit in Saturday Night Live.

Ross: "I was told that I had tested positive and my first reaction was, 'Holy smokes, this isn't good.' "
Jay Leno: "Holy smokes?"
<audience laughs in unison>


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the line in Ross' Jay Leno appearance, plus the response of Leno and the show audience
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Ross poses for the camera in a press conference at the airport
Ross meets up with friends, family and the media as he arrives at the Vancouver International Airport. Ross was thrilled to be on the home stretch of his emotional roller-coaster.

"That was the part of it that really got me through this whole thing. Between losing the medal and getting it back, I didnít have a whole lot to ride on and the letters that came through that were forward to me from the kids were the ones that really made a big difference."

~Ross' reaction to the Canadian support that he received in Nagano
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Ross gets the crowd going in Whistler's Village Square Ross and his family
A new Blackcomb run is unveiled: Ross' Gold
More than 8000 fans are on hand in Whistler's Village Square at Ross' homecoming party. Ross was given the keys to Whistler and showered with gifts, including a ski-run named "Ross' Gold" in his honour (this page is named after the run \^o^/)!

"This is unbelievable. It's you Whistler, not me that deserve the gold......Whistler RULES!"

~Ross' emotional thank-you for the Whistler community
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