Staff WriterThe Canadian freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau has won gold medal in men’s moguls at the Sochi Olympics today, while his teammate Mikael Kingsbury won silver. Bilodeau was Canada’s first gold medallist four years ago in Vancouver, and had an exceptional final run to earn a score of 26.31. “It’s a great feeling, but I need to first of all thank all my colleagues. I was the third to go, there were two other Canadians after me, every day they push me in training and that’s why I got my best skiing tonight. That’s why I’m the best skier I have ever been right now and the guy that finished second, he is going to win everything after I have gone” Bilodeau said. Bilodeau’s triumph was celebrated by many but especially by his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy. Bilodeau says his brother is his hero: “It was amazing. My brother is my everyday inspiration. Like I say all the time, if he had the life that I have lived he would be a three-time Olympic champion.” This is the second 1-2 finish for the Canadian moguls team at these year’s Games after sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won gold and silver on Saturday night. Bilodeau says he is happy with where the program is going: “I’m glad to finish my last Olympics like this. It’s going to be a great retirement. The future of freestyle skiing in Canada is not done, there is so many good kids coming up and I am so glad to share a podium with one of them.” Meanwhile, Mikael Kingsbury is the reigning world champion and has won the World Cup overall title the last two years. “I was going for gold, but just to be on the podium is crazy and I am with my teammate. It’s just unbelievable” Kingsbury said.
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