Alex Bilodeau repeats golden Olympic moment, touching celebration in moguls


Alex Bilodeau celebrates second Winter Olympics gold medal in moguls with brother, Frederic, who is stricken with cerebral palsy; photo by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Alex Bilodeau of Canada became the first freeskier in Winter Olympics history to repeat as a gold-medal winner, also repeating the touching celebration from four years ago by hugging his brother, Frederic, who is stricken with cerebral palsy.

Bilodeau won the moguls event at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to become the discipline's first two-time gold medalist, an achievement clearly inspired by his brother.

"Just like you and I, he has dreams, and most of them are not realizable," Bilodeau said afterward, according to USA Today. "But he does still dream and talk about it. He never complains that it's not realistic.

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Alex Bilodeau hugs brother, Frederic, after moguls victory, as he did at Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010; photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

"Every day I feel very lucky to be a normal person that has the chance to go after his dreams. He doesn't have that. In respect to him, I need to go after that."

After it became official that he had won gold and teammate Mikael Kingsbury had taken silver, Bilodeau congratulated the other riders and proceeded to his brother and hugged him over a retaining wall, much like what happened in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Winter Olympics of 2010.

Then Bilodeau pulled Frederic over the retaining wall, and later shared a moment with him holding the Canadian flag, as you can see in the top photo.

NBC interviewed him shortly thereafter and asked him about Frederic.

"When I see him, he's my everyday inspiration. When I wake up in the morning and it's raining outside and I don't want to go train and I don't want to go out and ski, I look at my brother. If he had that chance, he would go, he would grab it.

"With the motivation that he has, if he would be a normal person like I have the chance to be, he would be a three-time Olympic champion, there's no doubt about it."

It was the most touching moment of the Winter Olympics thus far.

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