In a time when so many special needs babies are killed before birth (9 out of every 10 Down's Syndrome persons) this marvelous family should be commended for allowing the world to see what its missing by such an attitude. Alex Bilodeau as had a marvelous career thus far:
Bilodeau is the son of Serge Bilodeau and Sylvie Michaud. His older brother, Frédéric, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age and told that he would be unable to walk by the time he was 12. Frédéric is now age 28 and still has the ability to walk. He also has a younger sister, Béatrice.
Bilodeau says that his heroes are his brother Frédéric and Canadian freestyle skier Jean-Luc Brassard. In his free time, he enjoys skiing and playing the piano. Bilodeau speaks fluent French and English.
He notes firmly the impact his disabled brother has had in his life:
“The motivation that he has, if he had had the chances like I did, he would have been four times Olympic champion. He’s a great inspiration, a great person and he’s going to be an inspiration for me after my career also,” the 26-year-old said.
“Every little thing in life is hard for him, whether it’s going from his seat to go and see me here, walking in the snow, it takes so much energy, it’s very hard.”
“I always complain, and he has every reason in the world to complain and he never does. And why is that? He enjoys life, he takes the best out of it.”
This post-event interview last night was stellar, and indicates the sort of generosity of spirit that must have pervaded the Bilodeau home over the years. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Alex dedicated the medal to his brother, Frédéric.