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CANADIAN OF THE MONTH - ALEXANDRE BILODEAU

Posted By: Nicholas William Adkins    Published: Sunday, 31 Jan 2010

In spirit of the XXI Olympic Winter Games currently taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, I’ve decided to pick a member of the Canadian National Olympic Team.  However, this is not just any average athlete.  He is extraordinary!  He is also an extraordinary person as well.  Not only is he a current gold medalist but he is a national hero!  Without further adieu... Our Canadian of the month is freestyle skier and the 2010 Men’s Moguls Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau.

Photo of Alexandre Bilodeau

Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1987, Alexandre was a fervent hockey player at an early age.  However, his mother got tired of taking his older special-needs brother, Frédéric, their sister Béatrice and him from one rink to another for hockey games, and instead she encouraged him to sign up for downhill skiing.  So, after witnessing French-Canadian freestyle skier Jean-Luc Brassard win Olympic gold in moguls at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, he quit hockey and gave skiing a shot.

In the 2005-2006 overall World Cup standings, he finished 2nd and won the FIS rookie of the year title.  In 2006, he finished 11th in the Turin, Italy Olympics, but later in the world cup season, Bilodeau became the youngest athlete in history to win a World Cup moguls event.  Just three short years later, in February 2009, the Canadian won four straight World Cup events and helped with two Canadian sweeps of the podium in moguls.  Later in 2009, at the Freestyle World Championships, he finished eighth in moguls but took home gold in dual moguls.

Alexandre went into the medal round of this years men’s mogul medal round in 2nd place overall.  On his final run, he needed to score 26.59 points or higher to take the gold from Australian Dale Begg-Smith.  Dedicating this Olympics to his brother and inspiration, Frédéric, he started his final run.  He stuck a perfect back double full on the first jump followed by a back iron cross on the second and finished the run in 23.17 seconds - the second fastest time.  After the judges scoring, he was awarded 26.75 points and moved into First place.  He had done his best and watched and waited as Frenchman Guilbaut Colas took his final run.  Colas finished his run in 22.90 seconds but earned only 25.74 points... good enough for sixth.   The journey was complete!  Alexandre Bilodeau had done it.  He captured gold and became the first Canadian ever to win a gold medal on Canadian soil in the Olympics!

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