Thursday November 17, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Au Sommet Place Ville Marie
Alexandre Bilodeau wrote a page in Canadian history by becoming the first Olympian to win a gold medal on Canadian soil, and repeated his gold medal performance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. A model of perseverance and a source of inspiration to many, he has proved himself to be one of Canada’s most talented young athletes.
A native of Rosemère, Quebec, Alexandre 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 the age of just 14. His career wasn’t always tinged with glory, however. At times when many would have quit, Alexandre rolled up his sleeves and worked twice as hard to become the best athlete he could be. When he shares this story, he talks about the values that took him to the highest peaks of his sport.
In the 2013-2014 season, the last of his career, he finished second at the first three World Cups, in Finland, Calgary, and Deer Valley. He then went on to climb the highest step of the podium at events where he had known previous success in Deer Valley, Lake Placid, and Val-St-Côme. After impressive performances in Japan and Norway, 26-year-old Alexandre won the last World Cup event of his career in La Plagne.
Alexandre is now pursuing studies in accounting and is planning a career in business. For the man whose motto is “dare to dream big," there is every reason to believe success will continue to follow, no matter his endeavours.
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