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Until Alex Bilodeau came along, no Canadian had ever won a gold medal on Canadian soil. Not in Montreal back in ‘76, not in Calgary in ‘88. Bilodeau’s 2010 Vancouver gold in the men’s moguls prompted a collective sigh of relief from coast to coast to coast. Four years later, another first, when Bilodeau once again took top prize in the moguls, becoming the only man ever to win consecutive golds in the event. Born in Montreal, Bilodeau came to the sport after watching Jean-Luc Brassard ski to gold in the ‘94 Games. By 2006, he was on the Olympic team, finishing 12th in Turin. But it was hardly a sign of things to come. Over the next eight years, Alex racked up more World Cup podium finishes in moguls than anyone in history, breaking the record held by his long-time hero, Jean-Luc Bressard. His other hero, of course, is older brother Frederic, who was born with cerebral palsy and who has served as a motivating force throughout Alex’s career.