Who is Ted Martin
And why the hell would a skier wanna organize snowboard events, anyway?
The ISF vs the FIS
The true story of how Ted switched sides
The 1998 Nagano Olympic Games
Snowboarding vs the World
An official statement from Michael Ranquet describing “The Incident” discussed throughout the interview.
The incident is in reference to a mishap involving Chris Roach, Ted Martin and myself while at Rusutsu resort on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido in 1990.
On the last morning several obviously angry Japanese men in finely tailored suits were in our room. To my surprise, Ted Martin was also in our room! What an honor! Being unable to recall coming home the previous night made my stomach shrivel. My initial thought was, “Oh no, no, Gold please help me, what have I done now!?”
I hadn’t done anything wrong, but from what I could gather, the hotel had double-booked our room and we had to vacate, pronto!
I felt sorry for whoever eventually incurred the wrath of Ted and his very angry, well-dressed, Japanese friends. Lucky for us, Ted quickly came to our defense and they agreed to book us another room, But here’s the kicker — not only was our hotel booked, but they said every hotel in Japan was booked!
They were such gracious hosts, which made it impossible for us to say no to their gesture of booking a room in the next closest city… San Francisco! So in the face of their unwavering insistence that we fly to San Francisco, we witnessed the great Japanese tradition of never giving up despite impending and imminent defeat.
When we left the hotel it seemed like the entire hotel staff (some in tears) and even the police came to bid us farewell. The hospitality of this once fierce island nation extended to the airport as the police let us follow them (in case we got lost) and even walked us on the airplane! I wanted to convey to my hosts a big artigato, but I don’t speak Chinese. They really wanted us to make the flight and in that sense, it was like a tickertape parade in reverse (ie switch/fakie).