Alex Bilodeau said that his brother Frederic served as the motivational force that inspired him to put in the training to eventually win moguls gold. With that in mind, it makes a lot of sense that he sought out his brother after claiming that victory on Monday, as this touching video from NBCOlympics.com reveals.
His brother Frederic has cerebral palsy, so observing what he goes through every day prompted Bilodeau to push harder, as he told Reuters.
“The motivation that he has, if he had had the chances like I did, he would have been four times Olympic champion,” Bilodeau said. “He’s a great inspiration, a great person and he’s going to be an inspiration for me after my career, also.”
At 26, Bilodeau could conceivably shoot for a third gold in the challenging freestyle skiing event. If he does, expect an all-out effort from the Canadian moguls skier.
“There’s up and downs, but at least I try, and that’s what my brother taught me,” Bilodeau.
On a night like Saturday, there’s very few teams who could defeat Japan. Unfortunately, Team USA was the one who had to go up against them.
Japan held John Shuster’s team to just two points in seven ends of play in an 8-2 rout of the Americans.
Both teams were tied for fourth in the team standings heading into the game. The U.S. falls to 2-3, now tied for fifth. Japan improves to 3-2, tied for third overall.
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SUI def. CAN 8-6
Current Team Standings:
1. Sweden 5-0
2. Canada 4-2
3. Switzerland 4-2
4. Japan 3-2
5. USA 2-3
6. Great Britain 2-3
7. Italy 2-3
8. Norway 2-3
9. Denmark 1-4
10. Korea 1-4
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher leads by a commanding .63 seconds after the first of two giant slalom runs at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Hirscher, the reigning giant slalom world champion, is in position to win his second gold medal in PyeongChang, after claiming the combined title.
American Ted Ligety, who is nicknamed “Mr. GS,” is a distant 2.44 seconds behind Hirscher.
“I just sucked,” Ligety said on NBC.
Ligety is hoping to become the first man to successfully defend an Olympic giant slalom gold medal since Italy’s Alberto Tomba in 1992.
Standings after the first run
1. Marcel Hirscher (Austria)
2. Alexis Pinturault (France) +.63 seconds
3. Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (Norway) +.66 seconds
4. Riccardo Tonetti (Italy) +.75 seconds
5. Mathieu Faivre (France) +.79 seconds