Alex Bilodeau Wins Gold In Moguls, Announces Plans To Retire
Alex Bilodeau, Canadian Olympic gold medalist, says he plans on retiring after this year’s Olympic games to focus on a career in accounting.
Alex Bilodeau Makes Olympic History; Will Retire
Bilodeau, 26, won his second gold medal in freestyle skiing moguls on Monday, Feb. 10, making him the first ever to win gold in moguls in two consecutive winter Olympics. Bilodeau won with a large margin, finishing with a score of 26.31, while his Canadian teammate, Mikael Kingsbury earned the silver medal with 24.71.
Thank you everyone for your support. This medal is not only mine. Lots have worked to make it happen.
— Alex Bilodeau (@ABilodeau_ski) February 11, 2014
According to Global News, Bilodeau plans on leaving skiing behind after the Olympics to finish his education in accounting and finanace. Bilodeau says he is more than happy to pass on his legacy to Kingsbury.
Alex Bilodeau Dedicates Win To His Older Brother
Bilodeau dedicated his second gold medal to his older brother, Frederic Bilodeau, who has cerebral palsy. Bilodeau says that Frederic inspires hi everyday off the slopes, and the two shared a big hug to celebrate Bilodeau’s victory on Monday.
— Bernard Brault (@BernardBrault) February 10, 2014
“[Frederic said] the same thing he said to me in Turino and Vancouver; he loves me. He says, ‘I love you Alex.’ That’s the first thing he tells me. He’s so proud. He lives his dreams through my eyes and for me it’s priceless to see that, to see his eyes just so big and so proud.
“He’s worked hard. He’s encouraged me. He’s always been with me through these four years, working hard. He’s a big part of that,” Bilodeau told Matt Lauer of Today on Tuesday following his win.
My brother is enjoying is olympic experience with the family and my fiancé Happy Birthday brother Love You pic.twitter.com/r7VFdQuVuL
— Alex Bilodeau (@ABilodeau_ski) February 8, 2014
While Bilodeau was careful to thank his teammates in helping him achieve his Olympic success, he is adamant that, when he is training every day, it is his brother who gets him out of bed in the morning.
“When I’m on my skis my colleges are my inspiration, they are pushing me every day to be a better skier, to go faster, to go bigger. But a four-year process is very long, and when I wake up in the morning it’s my brother,” Biloadeau told reporters.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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