As the world looks to the frigid venues in Pyeongchang, so far the only major non-competition stories have been relatively minor, such as a potential ice dancing wardrobe malfunction, North Korea’s massive cheerleader invasion, and the Vice President getting shade from a figure skater.
But the 2018 games mark the 20-year anniversary when the bombshell was a snowboarding gold medalist from Canada who began the debate over whether Olympians can, and even should, use cannabis.
Ross Rebagliati won the men’s giant slalom competition at the 1998 Nagano, Japan games. It was the first time the sport had been included in the Olympics. The Canadian, then 26, had to take a urine test. He told Deadspin in 2013 he felt that the test, in a way, made him feel like he, and the sport, were being taken seriously: