Ross' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Canada Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Vancouver, British Columbia CAN

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

  • ON DVD:

ROSS REBAGLIATI

Olympic Snowboarder

“Success is what you make of it. So you really have to decide for yourself what success means to you. I think as long as you're happy, then you're successful.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Simplicity Success Determination Passion Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

depression, detour, happiness, isolation, limits, luck, olympics, painting, photography, pushing yourself, snowboarding, sports, training

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He was never an academic, so he focused on athletics, mainly surfing.
  • One day, some of his surfer friends introduced him to snowboarding, and he was hooked.
  • Says that snowboarding saved his life; has no idea what he'd be doing if he wasn't snowboarding.
  • Won a gold medal for snowboard racing in the 1998 Winter Olympics.
  • Fellow athletes had warned him that the comedown after winning a medal was brutal, but he wasn't worried about it.
  • But without his focus, and with a strange amount of fame following him, he lost his way; was overextended financially, having relationship issues.
  • He forayed into painting and photography, and he says rediscovering the beauty in nature helped him get back in touch with himself.
  • Says if you get to a point in your life where you feel off-course, you just need to take a little detour and rediscover your path.

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