One of the fiercest and most determined competitors in any event on the FIS Freestyle World Cup circuit, Alex Bilodeau promises to go down as one of mogul skiing's all-time greats.
A Bilodeau retrospective will have to wait, however, as Montreal's "Mogul of Moguls" is still very much alive and kicking in a career that has seen him win nearly everything there is to win while helping to maintain the elite-level status of the Canadian Freestyle corps.
Alex's career stretches back to the 2005-6 season, where he claimed his first career World Cup win in only his third event, on home soil in Mont Gabriel, CAN. Since then, he has amassed 39 World Cup podiums with 15 of those podiums coming as victories, while in 2009 he claimed both the moguls Crystal Globe and Freestyle overall Crystal Globe in the pre-Olympic season, suggesting to the skiing world that he may have been peaking at just the right time.
In the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver Alex made good on that suggestion, claiming not just the first gold medal of the Games for the host nation, but also the first ever gold medal for a Canadian on home soil, in a masterful performance that seemed to spark his country to its best-ever Winter Olympic showing.
After taking much of the 2011-12 season off to focus on education and rehabilitation, Alex returned full-time to the FIS Freestyle circuit in 2012-13 with a vengeance, racking up nine podiums, four victories, and kindling a rivalry with countryman Mikael Kingsbury that currently stands as one of the most compelling in all of Freestyle.
Nowhere was that rivalry on better display than at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss, NOR. There, Kingsbury edged Bilodeau by the slightest of margins to claim single moguls gold, only for Bilodeau to turn the tables two days later at the dual moguls event where he bested his younger teammate in a sensational head-to-head final.
The win gave Bilodeau his third consecutive dual moguls World Champion title, while his silver in the single moguls event brought his lifetime World Championships medal count to five.
At the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Alex did what no freestyle skiing athlete had done before and defended his gold medal in a masterful performance.
With his plans to retire at the end of the 2013/14 season already known, it seems safe to say that Alex Bilodeau will be leaving on top, as perhaps the best moguls skier ever.
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