Jean-Luc Brassard is the 1994 Olympic gold medallist in moguls and was the first Canadian to ever medal in the event. The three-time Olympian was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on September 21, 2012.
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
First off, on behalf of all Olympic athletes and those on their way to becoming Olympic athletes, I would like to thank you for your presence here today.
There are several charitable activities out there and all of them are commendable; the fact that you have chosen this one shows your passion for local athletes and your desire to give them the best chance by providing the best possible training and performance conditions.
I would also like to thank all those who have contributed in making my sports career a special moment in my life up until now.
Some people use the word “sacrifice” to describe their sports past, I prefer to use the word “privilege” as it evokes the opportunity and the pleasure that I have had in representing our country at international competitions.
Of course, I would like to take advantage of this time to thank my family for all of their encouragement throughout the magnificient years and mostly right from the very start when my parents were my main sponsors!
I would also like to point out the presence of two amazing friends and teammates here this evening, Pierre and Michel Forget. Their unwavering friendship and support had a major impact on my ski career and they also taught me all about the “night life” after races.
And thanks to all of my amazing trainers. My first coach, Yves Thérrien, taught me the most important thing of my career and that was to have fun above all else; and Steve Desovich, whose intensity and passion moved mountains, and of course Peter Judge, who changed my life by accompanying me in my Olympic victory.
In closing, I would like to thank all of the press who have given time and space to our media coverage, with a special thanks going out to Randy Starkman.
By publishing our performances, the press are directly responsible for the emulation phenomenon that has led to the emergence of exceptional athletes such as Jennifer Heil and Alexandre Bilodeau.
Long live the Canadian Olympic Movement. Let’s get more active and make our children be more active for a better quality of life.