The first Gold Medal on Home Soil ever


CANADA'S FIRST OLYMPIC
GOLD MEDAL ON HOME SOIL

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Who won Canada's first Olympic gold medal on home soil?

When the Winter Olympics came to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1988, everyone wondered whether or not the country had what it took to win any gold medals on home soil. With few training facilities available in the country, and even fewer athletes that could train for long periods of time abroad, the worries proved to be founded when at the Closing Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada stood with no gold medals around any of the athletes’ necks. What they did walk away with was a lot of experience, and some new facilities that would help future athletes achieve their dream of winning gold on home soil.

When the Winter Olympic Games came to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2010, the big question on everyone’s mind was “Will Canada win a gold medal on home soil?” While many found it fun to speculate whether this would happen or not, Canadians believed and for them, the question was not whether or not it would happen, but when. And who would walk away with that historic gold medal hanging around their neck?

Their question was answered on February 14, 2010 when Montreal skier Alexandre Bilodeau completed a 23.17 second run on the men’s moguls, doing back flips and a double full jump along the way, to the delight of the crowd. Most inspiring about the story is not only that Bilodeau gave Canada their first gold on home soil, but also that Alex’s brother, Frederic, watched from the sidelines the entire time. Frederic is Alex’s older brother and he suffers from cerebral palsy. Alex has always attributed his brother for being his inspiration and main source of support.

As Alexandre Bilodeau stood on the podium to receive his gold medal, he was joined by Dale Begg-Smith on one side, who won silver in the event; and Bryon Wilson from the United States, who took home the bronze.


Alexandre Bilodeau


The first Gold Medal on Home Soil ever

The first Gold Medal on Home Soil ever