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Olympic Gold Medalist Credits Brother With Cerebral Palsy

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Alex Bilodeau celebrated Monday after winning gold in the men's freestyle skiing moguls at the Sochi Olympics with his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy. (Valery Sharifulin/ITAR-TASS/ZUMAPRESS.com/MCT)

Alex Bilodeau celebrated Monday after winning gold in the men’s freestyle skiing moguls at the Sochi Olympics with his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy. (Valery Sharifulin/ITAR-TASS/ZUMAPRESS.com/MCT)

Skier Alex Bilodeau says it’s his brother with cerebral palsy who inspired him in his quest for Olympic glory.

Bilodeau took the gold medal Monday for freestyle skiing moguls at the Sochi Games, repeating his victory four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics.

The Canadian athlete promptly celebrated by embracing his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy and was enthusiastically cheering on the sidelines.

“When I see him, he’s my everyday inspiration,” Bilodeau said of his brother who’s become a recognizable face in Canada in his own right after a similar embrace at the Vancouver games.

“I wake up in the morning and it’s rainy outside and I don’t want to go train, I don’t want to go out and ski. I look at my brother and if he had that chance he would go, he would grab it,” Bilodeau said. “With the motivation that he has, if he would be a normal person like I have the chance to be, he would be three times Olympic champion. There’s no doubt.”

The gold will cap Bilodeau’s skiing career. He told Canada’s Global News that he plans to retire after the Sochi Olympics.

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  1. lisa griffin says:

    Madame/sir: My name is Lisa griffin I also have Cerebral Palsy have troubles walking /and talking. And How can I attend the special Olympics like these kids? Just asking. Let me know . Lisa g.

  2. Filomena says:

    What is “normal?” I work with adults who have disabilities, but normal is a word which eludes me. I like to think we are part of a very diverse and beautiful fabric, which makes up humanity.

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