Wednesday, February 11, 1998
Ross Rebagliati's statementNAGANO, Japan (CP) -- Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati was stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana. Here's a prepared statement from Rebagliati:
"In 1987 I traded in my skis for a snowboard and never once looked back. Within one year I began racing and realized that I love to go fast. My goal is simple: To be the best snowboarder in the world.
In 1994 that was achieved when I placed second overall in the world pro tour. The following season the IOC declared snowboarding a full medal sport in the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano. I knew from that point on I would train with all my heart and soul and set my sights on Olympic gold.
I've been training for 11 years to be the best snowboarder in the world and that goal was achieved on Feb. 8 in Shiga Kogen. I've worked too hard to let slip through my fingers.
I am in favor with this decision to appeal the IOC executive board's decision and will be working with the COA to prepare that appeal. Thank you."