The Olympic Gold medalist Ross Rebagliati discusses his new book, Off the Chain: An Insider’s History of Snowboarding (Greystone, 2009), with Joseph Planta; also discussed is the drug controversy that at first cost him his gold medal in 1998 and its subsequent reinstatement, as well as his recent foray into federal politics as he will be running as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla.
|Off the Chain: An Insider’s History of Snowboarding by Ross Rebagliati. (Greystone, 2009) Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Off the Chain|
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.
The Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati joins me now. He’s just written a highly readable, interesting history of snowboarding, Off the Chain: An Insider’s History of Snowboarding. It’s a compelling book that takes us into the world of snowboarding, the development of the sport, and more. He also takes us through his own history with the sport, as he’s one of snowboarding’s most recognised stars. He discusses his Olympic gold medal win, the loss of it due to a drug controversy, and the subsequent regaining of the medal. The book is published by Greystone. Ross Rebagliati is the founder of the Rebagliati Alpine Snowboarding Training Academy, and sales manager of Westterra Point. His website is www.rossrebagliati.com. He lives in Kelowna, and was recently acclaimed as the federal Liberal candidate in the riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla, where he will likely face Stockwell Day in the next election. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Ross Rebagliati; Good morning, Mr. Rebagliati.