February 14 is usually known as the day in which chocolates are eaten, flowers are given, and Valentine’s Day cards are passed around the classroom. But did you know that it’s also the anniversary of free-style skier Alex Bilodeau’s gold-medal win?
Alex Bilodeau is from Montreal, Quebec, and competed six years ago in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. He became the first Canadian ever to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games hosted in his home country, Canada. When this happened, more than 22,000 people went to watch him be awarded his medal. That is enough people to fill more than 400 school buses! His win sparked Canadians everywhere to sing and celebrate his victory.
Alex Bilodeau continued to ski after this major win, and even received a second gold medal in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. He has since retired from the world of skiing, but his victories have left a true imprint on what being Canadian is all about.