Normally in sports when I think of Alexander the Great, I have to admit that I think of Alex Ovechkin. This time around, though, it’s for Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada. Bilodeau is the first Canadian to win a gold medal on Canadian soil and though I’m very pro USA (being born and raised here) for the Olympics, I’m thrilled that he was able to accomplish this goal and to please everyone in Canada. When I heard NBC mentioning that Canada had never won a gold medal in a home Olympics before (having hosted two previous Olympic Games), I was stunned.
The excitement on everyone’s faces as Bilodeau won the gold medal for Men’s Moguls was amazing to watch and must have been great to experience in person. I’m so happy for everyone who was able to attend that event (and the medal ceremony I just got to watch, since prime time is delayed 3 hours on the west coast). Everyone they showed in the audience for the medal ceremony looked very proud to be singing their national anthem at a medal ceremony at home. I’m sure like many great moments in sports history many people who weren’t there will say they were present, but those who really got to experience those moments in person will surely never forget them.
Congratulations to the Canadian Alexandre the Great! He managed to take the lead and win the first gold medal for Canada at home. This surely takes some of the pressure off of the other Canadian Olympians, though I’m sure the men’s ice hockey team still feels a great deal of pressure to win gold.
As a side note, I’m no happier with the skating rules that allow someone who falls to win a medal (which happened in Torino) than I was when it happened in Torino. Ice skating and gymnastics just are not the same since they messed with the scoring.