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‘Inspiration’: Canadian mogul champ celebrates his gold with disabled brother (PHOTOS)

Published time: February 11, 2014 20:21
Edited time: February 12, 2014 12:16
Winner Canada's Alex Bilodeau and his brother Frederic celebrate following the freestyle skiing moguls competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014 (Reuters / Mike Blake)

Winner Canada's Alex Bilodeau and his brother Frederic celebrate following the freestyle skiing moguls competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014 (Reuters / Mike Blake)

Canada’s Alex Bilodeau has credited his Olympic gold in freestyle skiing to his older brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy. The moguls champion said his sibling is an “everyday inspiration” after embracing Frederic at his winning finish.

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Bilodeau’s triumph Monday at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi has become one of the highlights of the Games – and not just for his stunning skiing skills, but also for the heartwarming family scene of celebration.

Right after the 26-year old Alex completed his perfect run at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park he rushed to his paralyzed brother and pulled him over the barrier with a joyous hug.

Winner Canada's Alex Bilodeau (L) embraces his brother Frederic after the men's freestyle skiing moguls competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014 (Reuters / Mike Blake)

Winner Canada's Alex Bilodeau (L) and his brother Frederic embrace after the men's freestyle moguls competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014 (Reuters / Dylan Martinez)

The skier decided to celebrate his victory with the much loved sibling just as he did four years ago in Vancouver. Back in 2010, Alex also dedicated his gold medal to Frederic.

“Whatever I do in life, my brother is my real inspiration. Just like you and I, he has dreams and most of them are not realizable to him. But he never complains that it’s not realistic to him… He lives his dreams through me. So today, [and] Vancouver, for me, it’s the least I can do. He is my everyday inspiration,”
Bilodeau was quoted as saying on Monday by The Denver Post.

Canada's Alex Bilodeau competes in the Men's Freestyle Skiing Moguls qualifications at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014 (AFP Photo / Javier Soriano)

(From L) Russia's bronze medalist Alexandr Smyshlyaev, Canada's gold medalist Alex Bilodeau and Canada's silver medalist Mikael Kingsbury pose on the podium during the Men's Freestyle Skiing Moguls Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 11, 2014 (AFP Photo / Loic Venance)

With Frederic’s motivation for life, he “would be four-time Olympic champion,” the Canadian said, adding that he himself has “an easy path” and feels the need to go after Frederic’s dreams and “do the best I can just out of respect to him.”

Bilodeau previously said he will retire from sports at the end of the World Cup season to pursue a business career, adding he would continue drawing inspiration from his brother whatever his future occupation is.

Winner Canada's Alex Bilodeau (L) and his brother Frederic celebrate with the Canadian flag after the men's freestyle moguls competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014 (Reuters / Dylan Martinez)

Comments (8)

 

TP ZX42 10.03.2014 22:59

If you are congratulating that Canadian because you think he is a good man, then you don't know Canada and Canadians...

Canadians are thoroughly hypocritical. Living in Montreal, I can tell that Quebec's "social" health care system is a the closest thing to Nazi experiments but have full approval from all instances of government.

That disabled brother was probably the result of a pharmaceutical or drug trial they did on her willing pregnant mother. She signed a contract for money with some government paid doctor.

 

Christine Dax 15.02.2014 23:04

He ain't heavy. He's my brother!

 

stephen armitage 12.02.2014 10:34

a great and classy champion from a great and classy Canada. also a great and classy Russian people. this is what the Olympics is all about.

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