Bilodeau thanks 'sister' Heil

Bilodeau thanks 'sister' Heil

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

WEST VANCOUVER — Canada’s golden boy Alexandre Bilodeau gave the old tip of the helmet on Sunday to two of the most inspirational people in his life. His handicapped brother Frederic, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and his “sister”, Jenn Heil, who won a silver medal in the moguls for Canada on Saturday back up at Cypress Mountain.

Bilodeau said Heil’s silver inspired him to nail the run of his life Sunday.

“She’s my sister, I train every day with her. Every day she inspires me. For me, she’s the best athlete I’ve ever seen,” he said.

The Montreal native also gave a shout out to his coach, Dominick Gauthier, who is also Heil’s coach and her boyfriend, calling him the best coach in the world.

For Gauthier, Heil’s discipline in the gym helped rev up Bilodeau’s career as he began competing in international moguls skiing.

“Every day he would work with her and see her attention to detail,” said Gauthier. “And he saw training with Jenn how there’s not a boring day in the gym and how there’s always something to do and how you have to be totally fulfilled by what you’re doing in that gym.”

Bilodeau began skiing when he was seven, in 1994, the same year fellow Quebecois Jean-Luc Brassard won the first moguls gold for Canada at an Olympics.

steve.buffery@sunmedia.ca

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