33 years in the running; 33 years waiting to win gold on our own soil:
we win a gold medal!
Alex Bilodeau, Canadian extraordinaire!
Alex did his country so proud today. The gold eluded us in 1976 in Montreal and 1988 in Calgary. 500 Canadians athletes have competed for this honor and today our Alex won! This is the first Olympic gold medal ever won on Canadian soil, well, ummm, Canadian snow.
Mogul skiing is a sport of free style skiing. It covers a bumpy course of 230 metres in about 25 seconds, or in 23.17 seconds as Alex did. Speeds of up to 65 km/hr and flying up to 20 metres in the air - the equivalent height of a 6 story building.
The drought is over and there was a collective sigh of relief heard throughout Canada. Twenty two year old Alex was first a hockey player. He told the story of how he was at the rink one day, eating poutine, like a good Canadian kid, lol, when he made the decision to switch to free style skiing. We are so glad he did! Yayyyy Alex!!!!