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    Monday, February 9, 1998

    Rebagliati's gold spurs community

    By TOM BRENNAN -- Calgary Sun
      It should be the biggest party in Whistler since local boy Rob Boyd won the World Cup downhill in '89.
     "That'll be hard to top," reported local skiing scribe Doug Sack. "I couldn't remember my occupation after that one."
     This one will be up there, though. Ross Rebagliati's gold medal has left residents of the B.C. resort buzzing.
     "Everybody is just on a high," said Sack, ski and snowboard writer for the Whistler Question. "It was such a surprise, and Ross is such a popular kid, that everyone is just glowing. I betcha today I've spoken to 25 or 30 people, and their faces all lit up with a big smile.
     "He's put a glow on the whole town."
     Some of Rebagliati's pals watched him win at a local watering hole.
     "Everybody was cheering, we were all celebrating," said Bill Lamond, owner of Wild Willies board shop. "We all know Ross has been at this a long time, and is very, very serious about it. We're all proud of him."
     "He is a terrific kid, really really nice," added Sack. "He'll probably do a helluva job as an ambassador for the sport."