During any sporting event, it’s only natural that the focus be on the athletes. And yet in the 2014 Winter Olympics, when Canadian freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau stepped up at the start of his gate, those watching the event were not only paying attention to him, but also to his older brother Frederic cheering him on at the bottom of the hill.
Many Canadians remember from Alexandre’s gold medal win at the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010, Frederic has been a big inspiration for Alexandre in large part because Frederic suffers from cerebral palsy, a congenital physical disability that impairs physical movement.
When Alexandre finished his run down the mountain and realized that he had defended his gold medal title, he immediately found his brother in the crowd and helped him over the security barrier so that they could celebrate together Alexandre’s consecutive gold medal win.
In speaking of his history-making achievement, Alexandre was very clear about the role his brother played in helping him to get onto the podium at Sochi:
“It’s crazy the motivation that he takes and every step is very hard for him. In life, I have an easy path and I need to go out there and do the best I can just out of respect to him. He lives his dreams through me. [Two gold medals] is the least I can do; he’s my every day inspiration.”
Alexandre’s story is not just a wonderful reminder of how we should be grateful for all the things we might take for granted. It should also inspire us to be a “Frederic” in someone else’s life.
Who are you cheering on today and inspiring to be their very best self?
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds Hebrews 10:24