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Dale Begg-Smith, Missing Canadian/Australian Olympian, Found

08/13/2013 12:16 EDT | Updated 08/13/2013 12:19 EDT
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TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 16: Dale Begg-Smith of Australia presents his gold medal during the Medals Ceremony during Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 16, 2006 at the Medals Plaza in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Most Olympians spend their whole lives dreaming of reaching the international stage, but gold and silver medalist Dale Begg-Smith couldn't seem less interested.

The Vancouver-born Australian Olympian in moguls skiing, described by NBC as the "most mysterious" man at the 2010 winter games, went missing in July.

His Australian coaches said they had not seen or heard from the 28-year-old in months, despite the approach of the Sochi Games, according to the Toronto Sun.

Late last week, Fox Sports managed to track Begg-Smith down, calling him on Grand Cayman Island, known around the world as a hub for those trying to avoid taxes.

When reporter Anthony Sharwood identified himself, Begg-Smith immediately hung up.

Begg-Smith's lack of interest in the 2014 Olympics might be the same thing that seems to have contributed to the Canadian competing for Australia.

The man has been an internet tycoon since his teenage years and some of his business is alleged to be in spyware

Begg-Smith left Canada, after training with the national team, at age 15. He said his departure was for business reasons, according to the The Wall Street Journal.

He has taken plenty of flack from Canadians, especially ahead of the Vancouver Games, and some have called him a traitor.

That criticism, coupled with attention for his purported spyware activities, may explain why Begg-Smith has become notoriously secretive.

But his hesitancy to embrace the spotlight is unusual for a someone who won a gold medal at the 2006 Torino Games and silver in Vancouver.

While it seems unlikely he'll medal, or even appear in Sochi, one never knows with a man this mysterious.

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