Alexandre Bilodeau leads Canadian moguls skiers into World Cup season
Kate Pettersen interviewed Alex just before the start of his last season as a professional skier.
Canada’s moguls superstars are set to kick off the World Cup season on Saturday in Ruka, Finland. The competition is the first chance for the best in the world to earn valuable points for a spot at the Olympics in Sochi.
Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau headlines a strong Canadian team looking to build on successful results from last season. The 26-year-old of Montreal, Que., has a unique outlook on the opportunity to defend his title.
“We always say it’s hard to win it but it’s harder to keep winning,” said Bilodeau. “I’m seeing it differently. I’m not seeing as I’m defending anything. My medal is my medal. I’m going after another one.”
“I had a great season, a great finish and looking forward to continue on that momentum towards next year and to become the best skier I’ve ever been for my last season in my career.”
This time around, his biggest threat could be his own teammate. Mikael Kingsbury, 21, of Deux-Montagnes, Que., is coming off an incredible season and is looking for an Olympic medal of his own. The two friends and teammates credit each other as talented skiers and strong competitors when it counts.
“He comes from the same background as I had with great jump skills,” said Bilodeau. “He’s building his skills in moguls skiing. He’s getting faster and faster. I have more experience and it’s going to be a great fight on that battlefield outside in Sochi.”