Here at Icebreaker we are all about the Olympics these days. Of course, we’re mainly pulling for our small but mighty New Zealand team, but we want to give a big shout out to mogul skier Alexandre Bilodeau, who yesterday became the first Canadian to win Olympic gold on Canadian soil.
It was an nailbiter for Canada. As Reuters reports, “After qualifying with the second best time, Bilodeau was the second to last to race. Coming into the race he was not the gold medal favorite but he showed he had the goods as he performed the toughest trick of the night. His two jumps — a double twisting back flip and a back flip with an iron cross — were clean and his knees close together as he wove a tight path down the bump-filled course.” It was a near-flawless run down Cypress Mountain and it gave Canada what it’s been yearning for: a gold medal won at home.
Bilodeau, age 22, is now a national hero and reportedly has been fielding marriage proposals via Twitter. (An appropriate response, given it was Valentine’s Day!)
Congratulations Team Canada!