Canadian-born skier Dale Begg-Smith has gone missing

Austrailian Dale Begg-Smith makes his way down the mogul run during the freestyle skiing, men's...

Austrailian Dale Begg-Smith makes his way down the mogul run during the freestyle skiing, men's moguls, at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 3:50 PM ET

Australian-Canadian skier Dale Begg-Smith, dubbed the most mysterious man of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by NBC, is living up to the tag.

Begg-Smith's Australian ski coaches have not seen or heard from him in months, according to a Fox Sports Australia report.

And now they’re worried about his whereabouts.

"Chances are Dale will not be in Sochi, just because we haven’t seen Dale much lately,” Olympic Winter Institute of Australia's Geoff Lipshut said.

Begg-Smith, 28, has fallen off the map since attending a ski camp in Utah in May.

“Dale has various personal business interests," Lipshut added. "When he’s not with us training, we don’t keep personal tabs on Dale.”

Considering the Sochi Olympics are about seven months away, Lipshut and Begg-Smith's coach, Steve Desovich, are all but ruling out his participation in Russia.

The 2006 Turin Olympics gold medalist was born in Vancouver and moved to Australia in 2001.

In his teens, Begg-Smith was an up-and-coming star in the national ski program and an internet spyware entrepreneur. The national team wanted him to devote to skiing full time, which he was unwilling to do.

As a result, he moved to Australia where sports officials were willing to add him to the national ski program while allowing him to continue his business pursuits. Begg-Smith moved to the country in 2001 and became a citizen three years later.

Along with his 2004 gold, Begg-Smith captured a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics.

His last competition was in December 2010.


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