Alexandre Bilodeau returns to hero's welcome in Montreal

Alexandre Bilodeau is back home less than a week after taking the Olympic gold in men’s freestyle moguls skiing in Sochi, Russia.

Gold medal winner set new Olympic record with back-to-back top finishes in men's freestyle moguls

Canadian freestyle moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau, left, shows one of his friends holding his 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic gold medal on his arrival back from the Olympic games at Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Sunday, February 16, 2014. (Graham Hughes/CP)

Alexandre Bilodeau is back home less than a week after taking the Olympic gold in men’s freestyle moguls skiing in Sochi, Russia.

Bilodeau was greeted by his fiancée, his trainer and friends at Montreal’s Pierre Ellliott Trudeau International Airport on Sunday evening.

The meaning of his gold medal — his second in two Olympics and a new Olympic record in men’s freestyle moguls — has yet to sink in, he told reporters.

Last Monday, Bilodeau stole the show at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park from fellow Quebecer Mikaël Kingsbury, who won silver. The feat repeated earlier gold- and silver-medal performances by Canadian sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe in women’s moguls.

Canadian Alex Bilodeau gives his girlfriend a kiss as brother Frederic Bilodeau looks on as they celebrate his gold medal win in the men's moguls at Sochi Winter Olympics. (The Canadian Press)
The Sochi Games will be Bilodeau’s last as a competitor and cap an Olympic career that goes back to the Turin Games in 2006, where he placed 11th.

His gold-medal performance in moguls at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver marked the first Olympic gold for a Canadian athlete on Canadian soil.

Bilodeau said he can retire with a sense of accomplishment.

“I just let my skis do the talking and those 23 seconds summed up four years of training,” he said.

Bilodeau’s gold medal performance was just as memorable for what happened next, when the skier immediately went to embrace his brother, Frédéric. The Olympian highlighted yet again on Sunday the daily inspiration that he finds in his older brother, who has cerebral palsy.

Bilodeau said he hopes to return to the next winter Olympics as a television commentator.

With files from La Presse Canadienne