Alexandre Bilodeau Speaker Profile
Canadian Freestyle Skiier
Alexandre Bilodeau Biography
Alexandre Bilodeau was born September 8, 1987 and is aCanadian freestyle skier from Montreal, Quebec. Bilodeau currently resides inRosemÃ¨re, Quebec. Bilodeau won a gold medal in the men's moguls at the 2010Winter Olympics in Vancouver, becoming the first Canadian to win a gold medalat an Olympics held in Canada.
In 2006, he finished 11th at the Olympics and later in the world cup seasonbecame the youngest athlete in history to win a World Cup moguls event. In the2005-06 overall World Cup standings he managed to finish second and won the FISrookie of the year title. In February 2009, he won four straight World Cupevents and was part of two Canadian sweeps of the men's podium in moguls. Heachieved this together with Vincent Marquis and Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau.Following these victories Bilodeau clinched the 2009 overall moguls title onFebruary 20. At the 2009Freestyle World Championships he finished eighth in the moguls event andfollowed that by winning gold in the dual moguls.
Bilodeau was a member of the Canadian moguls team going tothe 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He started the competition on Sunday,February 14th in favourable conditions. This was in contrast to the previousday for the women in which they skied in rain, sleet, and generally slushyconditions. Bilodeau finished the qualification run in 2nd place overall. Inthe final Alexandre Bilodeau threw a back double full on the first jump andfollowed it with a back iron cross on the second. His jump and style scorescombined with the second fastest run of the night, saw him scoring 26.75 pointsto win the gold. With the gold he became the first Canadian to win a Gold Medalduring a Canadian-hosted Olympics.
The gold medal victory elicited celebrations acrossVancouver and Canada. Canadians celebrated around the Vancouver Olympiccauldron and crowds spilled onto Robson Street in downtown Vancouver waving theflag and singing the Canadian national anthem. 22,000 people entered BC Placethe next day to witness his medal presentation
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