Initially, Ross Rebagliati became famous for being the first Olympic champion in snowboarding, winning the inaugural giant slalom event at the Nagano Olympics. Although he had taken third place in the previous season’s Giant Slalom World Cup, it was Rebagliati’s first major victory. But his gold medal was soon revoked, when traces of marijuana were found in his urine. Rebagliati, who claimed it had been from second-hand smoke, protested his disqualification. Because marijuana was not found to be performance enhancing, the protest was upheld, and the gold medal was returned. While still competing at a lower level, Rebagliati slowly shifted his attention to his own snowboarding school, and working as the snowboarding director at the Kelowna Mountain skiing resort.