Olympic star Ross Rebagliati was 21 when he won an Olympic medal, just to get it taken away (and later given back again) for marijuana use. Rebagliati sat down with High Times Canadian correspondent and cultivation contributor Erik Biksa to discuss his experience, the current state of weed in professional athletics and what it means for athletes and the bodies that govern sport.
Rebagliati became a household name from the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan when he won gold at the first-ever Olympic Men’s Snowboarding event. He is not only famous for the win but also for having it stripped away for testing positive for THC and then ultimately returned to him.
In some circles, it can be said that he won gold twice, as this is the one-and-only time in the history of the Olympics to date where a medal was returned to an athlete after being taken away. In fact, the gold medal was returned to him as he sat behind bars in Japan—only for having tested positive for a very small amount of THC in his body.
Back in 1998, when Rebagliati won Gold and then tested positive, THC was not on WADA’s (World Anti Doping Agency) or the