Olympic viewers will remember Alexandre Bilodeau as the first athlete to win gold for Canada in Vancouver in the men's moguls. He's also the first Canadian ever to win a gold medal on home soil. But just as memorable as these achievements for Bilodeau--and as touching to audiences worldwide--was the presence of his beloved brother, who has cerebral palsy, during his victory. Bilodeau took a post-Olympics breather to talk with Outside Online about the Games, his brother, training, and what's next.
How did it feel, personally and for your country, to win the first gold for Canada?
There's no word to describe the feeling of winning an Olympic gold. And to have the timing to win the first is pretty nice, too.
What were you thinking during the race? Did you know you were going to win?
I was focused until the last mogul on my key words. When I crossed the finish line, I knew I had a good run for the podium, but didn’t know it was for the win.
It was an emotional moment for you with your brother there. How has he influenced you as an athlete?
My brother has inspired me all my life, in every aspect of life. As an athlete, he definitely has done a lot to help me keep things in perspective, to keep me grounded and hard working. He believed I was able to have the chance to maybe one day be an Olympic champion.
How did you stay focused during the Games?
When you have been training all your life for this moment, you just don't go out of your game that close to the goal.
What's your training regime like?
Off-season training is a month at home in the gym, on the bike, on the stairs, and on a water ramp. The next month is on snow, somewhere in the world. During the season, it’s pretty much competing, only with the gym here and there.
What's next for you after Vancouver?
We'll see. Next year, I'll ski--that is for sure. But after that, we'll see. I will continue my studies, too.