Alexandre Bilodeau Wins Gold in Men's Moguls

goldCanada has earned its third medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

Alexandre Bilodeau won gold in the men's moguls event.

And we never have to hear another word about being the only country to host an Olympics and not win gold. Thank you, Alexandre, on behalf of all Canadians!

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The_Voice

I think all the Canadians who have competed in the past couple days have done great! Even those who haven't hit the podium have done well, or have set themselves up for a great showing the next Olympics!

February 14, 2010 @ 10:10 PM

brad

34 years in the making

o canada!

February 14, 2010 @ 10:23 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

If you're like me, you want to see Alexandre Bilodeau get his gold medal and you want to hear our national anthem played.

They award medals and play anthems nightly, and they'll give Alexandre Bilodeau his gold and play O Canada tomorrow night.

I will not be missing that. O Canada, indeed!

February 14, 2010 @ 10:28 PM

Proud Canuck

I am so proud. Alex Bilodeau has won our first gold medal on home soil.

What a great athelete, brother and Canadian. Way to go Alex! You will be our flag bearer at the closing ceremonies.

Proud Canuck who is proud of Alex Bilodeau

February 14, 2010 @ 10:41 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Nice to see Alexandre Bilodeau is a trending topic on Twitter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeboon/4357657003/

Also nice to read the BBC write-up: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/vancouver_2010/freestyle_skiing/8515622.stm

Canada's search for an Olympic gold medal on home soil is over after Alexandre Bilodeau won the men's freestyle skiing moguls in Vancouver.

Bilodeau, 22, finished ahead of Australia's reigning champion Dale Begg-Smith and American Bryon Wilson.

It ended a 34-year wait and sparked wild celebrations at Cypress Mountain.

Canada had never won an Olympic gold medal in their homeland, failing to capture any at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games or the 1988 Calgary Winter Games.

"I don't think I really realise it," said Bilodeau. "It's too good to be true."

A day after his moguls team-mate Jennifer Heil failed to live up to expectations and win Canada's first gold medal, Bilodeau stepped up and flew down the course at Cypress Mountain in a speedy, near flawless run.

After qualifying with the second best time, Bilodeau was the second to last to race.
He then blazed through the slushy moguls, tore down the course in 23.17 seconds and posted a score that was .17 points better than Canadian-born Begg-Smith, who won gold for Australia in Turin four years ago.

When the final skier, Guilbaut Colas of France, had his sixth-place score flashed on the board, the Canadian crowd went wild.

"It's been a dream since I was a little kid and it's come true," said Bilodeau.

"I can't think. There are more golds to come for Canada. It's just the beginning of a good party in Canada."

February 14, 2010 @ 10:47 PM

elvis

Can Alex's brother be the co-flag bearer?

February 14, 2010 @ 11:18 PM

j

Is it me or did Dutch serve a minor (16 yrs old)alcohol on live tv....oops...anyway, awesome interview anyway

February 15, 2010 @ 12:39 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@elvis

I love that idea.

February 15, 2010 @ 9:37 AM

Argie

I hate to sound so positive - but dammit, what a great moment. A terrific young man (kind of rare these days) from a wonderful family. A true Olympic story.

February 15, 2010 @ 10:07 AM

Sara

No mention of the really wonderful story about his inspiration? I think the story about his brother makes this a much bigger story than just a gold medal.

Did anyone else want to slap Guilbaut Colas from France, after he walked away from Bilodeau trying to congratulate him? What a sore fucking loser.

February 15, 2010 @ 11:45 AM

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