Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Freestyle Skiing
Canada’s First Olympic Gold on Home Soil
Originally from Rosemère, Alexandre Bilodeau fell in love with freestyle skiing after having seen the spectacular performance of Quebecker Jean-Luc Brassard in Lillehammer in 1994. On the trail of his idol and at the age of 14, he became the best junior Canadian in three disciplines: jumps, moguls and dual moguls. He joined the national freestyle moguls ski team at 17 years old and participated in the Olympic Games in Turin in 2006, where he ended up in 11th place. That same year, he won his first competition at the World Cup and became the youngest Moguls freestyle skier to make it to the highest podium in this discipline. He ended the 2005-2006 season in second place in the final medal results.
Bilodeau’s ascent continued in 2008-2009 when he won the World Championships in dual moguls and also came in first at the World Cup in freestyle dual moguls. He was vindicated in 2010 when he won the first gold medal on Canadian soil at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Bilodeau started out the competition on Sunday, February 14th in favourable conditions. This was unlike the previous day for the women in which they skied in rain, sleet and generally slushy conditions. He finished the qualification run in 2nd place overall. In the final Bilodeau threw a back double full on the first jump and followed it with an iron cross on the second. Together with the second fastest run of the night he scored 26.75 points to win the gold.
In 2014, he became the first Canadian to ever win consecutive gold medals by winning in Sochi, Russia. He called this performance “the best” of his career.
Bilodeau wishes to pursue his studies back at home in Quebec and eventually work in the area of finance. He has a very positive, determined and persevering nature and he will charm you with his rich life experience.
Alexandre tells his inspiring story from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, where he was the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal. Even more impressively and against pundit predictions, he repeated this feat at Sochi 2014. It’s one thing to achieve maximum success, but it’s entirely another to remain consistent over an extended period of time.
At the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Alexandre’s skills impressed the whole country. His story inspired it. Hear about his relationship with his brother Frederic, who he dedicated his 2010 race to and famously celebrated with afterwards, as well as his other sources of strength and inspiration in his life.