CALGARY—Olympic gold medalist Dale Begg-Smith is the top-ranked moguls skier in the world. Yet after he finished first this month at a World Cup race here, reporters swarming around him didn’t ask about his kicker, his twister or his daffy, as moguls tricks are known. They asked about his high-tech business.
“Guys, sorry,” Steve Devosich, Mr. Begg-Smith’s coach, told them. “But Dale’s not supposed to answer questions about business.”
There’s no shortage of subjects that famous athletes don’t want to talk about—marital infidelity, marijuana pipes, dog fighting, performance-enhancing drugs.
But Mr. Begg-Smith’s sore subject would be the envy of most 25-year-olds: He’s an Internet prodigy. As a teenager in Vancouver, Mr. Begg-Smith launched high-tech businesses that earned enough money to spare him the usual hardships of striving Olympians. Mr. Begg-Smith is so rich he has never even needed corporate sponsors.
Yet to his chagrin, his business endeavors often draw more attention than his athletic triumphs.
At the press conference following his gold-medal win at the 2006 Games, for instance, reporters asked his fellow medalists how their cars compared with Mr. Begg-Smith’s Lamborghini. After the other two medalists responded “Audi” and “Subaru,” Mr. Begg-Smith said, “I don’t know why we’re talking about [that]. I’m not here for business. I won Olympic gold.”