Dale Begg-Smith never ceases to amaze

Begg-Smith is Australia’s most successful and most interesting winter athlete of all time. Growing up in Canada Begg-Smith competed for the Canadian national team. After being told by his coaches that he was spending too much time on his Business (computer software), Begg-Smith quit the team and moved to Australia. He made the move with his brother Jason Begg-Smith, at age 16, where the regime was not as intense. It gave him a chance to balance his business and his snow time. He stayed away from competitive skiing for three years until he was granted residency in Australia.

At the 2006 Olympics in Torino he became the youngest men's moguls skier to win the Olympics at just 21 and Australia's first Olympic skiing gold medallist (check out Dale's amazing Torino run). Four years later at Vancouver 2010 he went agonisingly close to defending his title when he won silver. Many put the fact that he didn’t win down to some poor judging. Pretty good result considering he was out for 10 months prior to the comp with a knee injury. Following the Vancouver Olympics he added a fourth World Cup title, equalling a record established by Frenchman Edgar Grospiron. Many consider him the greatest mogul skier of all time. He has made the podium at every major championship he contested up until 2010. He has won 18 World Cups and been on the podium 29 times.

Dale Begg-Smith

Dale Begg-Smith stopped competing on the World Cup circuit in 2010. He is renowned for the infamous story broken by news.com.au that Australia's Olympic chiefs had no idea whether Begg-Smith planned to compete in next February's 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and had no idea where he even was. He was said to have just vanished and later turned up in the Grand Cayman Island.

He competed again for the first time in three years in Dec 2013 at the World Cup in Rukka, Finland - finishing sixth and fifth over three days, simply incredible results after such a long break from the sport. Begg-Smith secured his place at Sochi with another three World Cups in January 2014 placing 12th, ninth and 12th.

Dale prefers to stay away from the limelight and refuses to get dragged into debates with the media. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Begg-Smith donated his prize money - about $13,670 - to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and the last time XTM tried to give him his prize money that also was donated, to a young Aussie athlete who he felt deserved it. Begg-Smith knows how to turn it on when he needs to. Successful athlete, smart business man and a genuine guy. We love having this man wear XTM.

See more about this legend on the Australian Olympic Committee website.


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