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.