The drought is over! Finally!

14 02 2010

Remember the name, fellow Canadians: Alexandre Bilodeau.

Bilodeau, a native of Montreal, Quebec, skied an amazing run earlier tonight to win the men’s moguls event.

What stands out is that this is the first gold medal won by a Canadian, on Canadian soil, breaking a drought of over 33 years, dating back to when Canada hosted its first Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976.

This home gold medal drought was the focus for Canadians in these Winter Games. As Rogers Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell put it tonight, over 500 Canadians had competed in Canada during the Olympics in Montreal and Calgary. No one had won a gold medal – until Bilodeau’s performance tonight.

What will this mean for the rest of Team Canada? You have to believe: the pressure is off, now that we have a gold medal. This has to be a good thing, because now all of the other Canadian competitors can focus on their sports, without the pressure that was on when the Games began. To me, this will mean many more medals.

Congratulations, Alexandre Bilodeau! You have made all of Canada proud!

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