Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist | Resiliency Expert | Determination For Winning Results
Keynote speaker, Olympic gold medalist and native of Rosemère, Quebec, Alexandre Bilodeau first fell in love with freestyle skiing when he watched Jean-Luc Brassard compete in Lillehammer. Following in the footsteps of his idol, he became the top Canadian junior in freestyle at age 14.
At age 17, he joined the national freestyle moguls team and went on to an astounding career through sheer hard work. In the 2008-2009 season, he won the world championship in dual moguls, as well as placing first in the World Cup. Nearly one year after his historic medal, he repeated the feat, grabbing the world champion title in the duals event.
Bilodeau won the first gold medal on Canadian soil at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver with a spectacular final run. He threw a back double full on the first jump and followed it with an iron cross on the second. Together with the second fastest run of the night he scored 26.75 points to win the gold. With the gold he became the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal in a Canadian-hosted Olympics.
After paring down his competition schedule to perfect his technique and concentrate on school, he made a convincing comeback for the 2012-2013 season, winning the World title in Norway and the National championship in Val-St-Côme, Quebec, both in parallel.
In February 2014 he defended his title and won another Gold medal in Sochi, Russia. Alongside his up-and-coming teammate Mikael Kingsbury, Bilodeau pulled off a flawless final run and gave Canada its second gold-silver podium result of the games. Bilodeau became the first Canadian in history to win back-to-back gold medals in consecutive winter games.
In March 2014 Alexander announced he would retire from competition at the end of the World Cup Season. Once his freestyle career officially comes to an end, Alexandre intends to pursue a career in business. With “dare to dream big” as his watchword, there is every reason to believe he will be just as successful there.
Bilodeau compelled our nation with his inspiring story of determination, and his personal story of the incredible support around him, including his ever smiling brother Frédéric, born with cerebral palsy.