Canada Finally Scores a Gold Medal on Home Soil, With Moguls Win
February 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)–Canada finally overcame its long drought without an Olympic gold medal on its home turf, with the exciting win last night by freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau. The moguls skier from Montreal put on a blazing run down the moguls course on Sunday edging out Vancouver-born Dale Begg-Smith, who races for Australia. On the sidelines cheering, was Bilodea’s older brother Frederic who suffers from cerebral palsy. Bilodea announced before he raced down the moguls course to victory, that he was dedicating the race to his brother Frederic.
The 22-year-old moguls skier was overcome with emotion after his win. “The party’s just starting for Canada,” Bilodeau exclaimed after winning the gold medal. “It’s just too good to be true.” And as Bilodeau was being interviewed for the television cameras, after his victory, a young woman, presumably his girlfriend, ran over to hug him and give him a very special Valentines Day kiss.
Bilodeau raced immediately after Dale Begg-Smith the so-called “international man of mystery” and reigning gold winning champion from the last winter Olympics, moved into first place with his near-perfect run. But Bilodeau’s run was slightly faster and flashier, to overcome Begg-Smith with a score of 26.75.
Bilodeau was forced to wait until Guilibaut Colas of France raced the last run of the competition. And as soon as Colas’ score appeared, the crowd erupted in cheers when they realized Bilodeau had just captured the gold medal for Canada.
U.S. skier Bryon Wilson, won the bronze with a score of 26.08.
Source: Toronto Sun
Photo Source: Gerry Kahrmann/Canwest News Service