Olympic Gold Inspired By Brother With Cerebral Palsy
Skier Alex Bilodeau is a hero after winning Canada’s first gold medal at the home court Olympic Games. But Bilodeau is quick to share the praise with his older brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy, and who the skier calls his inspiration.
At a news conference Monday to talk about his win in the men’s moguls, Bilodeau told reporters that his medal is no doubt for his older brother who struggles just to walk these days.
Frederic Bilodeau, 28, waited for his brother at the finish line, pumping his fist into the air as Alex, 22, clinched the gold. Though Frederic has skied as well, movement is increasingly difficult leaving the elder brother in a wheelchair much of the time.
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Despite the struggles, Alex Bilodeau says his brother is never one to complain, reports The Vancouver Sun.
“You look at him, and he’s got all the right to complain. How many times do we complain in a day? I don’t think I can even count mine,” Alex told reporters. “I tell myself I should just shut up and swallow and go train.”