Reality TV star strikes gold during the pandemic

“Gold Rush” star talks about how he assembled a team of miners to hunt for gold.
2:38 | 10/28/20

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We're back now with one man's story of striking gold in the pandemic. His new life in the great outdoors and the pivot that may pay off in a number of ways. I think this is like a little slice of freedom up in here. Doing what we want to do, pulling gold out of the ground, I mean, kind of like the American dream. No one expected me to do this and I think that goes for a lot of the people on "Gold rush," too. Before the pandemic, I was coaching high school wrestling and training for the invictus games, all of which got postponed or cancelled B of covid. When my job got affected by the border being closed with Canada, things started getting pretty serious. By the middle of June I knew that I had to do something for myself. Gold mining wasn't on my list of things to do. As I looked at the situation of covid, what jobs were going away, gold mining being an essential job, it just made sense. Making this a full-time job was probably one of the hardest things I have done including becoming a green beret. I had to do weeks of research. So far it's been a roller coaster, a lot of unforeseen problems, but that's mining. And you know, taking a team of veterans that have never mined before and teaching them how to mine, and mine safely is quite a challenge. The team has come together so quickly and we seem to be operating pretty smoothly. I expected a lot more heartache and frustration amongst the guys but they're killing it and they love it. Seeing myself on TV, I actually really enjoy it. I like the ability to share my story, to share my experiences, and also, a really big reason why I got involved in TV in the first place was to inspire other veterans. You know, a lot of the show is based on gold mining. But one thing they miss a lot with our team is a lot of the banter and the fireside conversations we have work. We 13e7bd all of our time together. We're in an area with no electricity, no running water, we just spend that time together by the fire, hunting, fishing, hilot of that stuff is what guys like us do. So we're pretty much, I mean, we're figuratively and literally living the American dream. All right, if you want to check it out, "Gold rush" airs Friday nights on discovery.

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