A Polish-Canadian athlete wins gold for Canada in Pyeongchang (Episode 52)

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Alex Kopacz was born in a Polish Canadian family in London, Ontario. At 6 foot 5 (195 cm) you would imagine him in basketball, but Alex is the reigning Olympic co-champion in the two-man bobsleigh event. Together with his pilot they won gold for Canada at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Alexander Kopacz (born 26 January 1990) is a Canadian bobsledder and the reigning Olympic co-champion in the two-man bobsleigh event. He competed in the two-man event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Kopacz and pilot Justin Krippstied with the German team of Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis for the gold medal.

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Gold medalists Thorsten Margis (2-L) and Francesco Friedrich (L) of Germany with shared gold medalists Alexander Kopacz and Justin Kripps (R) of Canada during the medal ceremony for the men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, 20 February 2018. EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA
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Gold medalists Alexander Kopacz and Justin Kripps of Canada during the medal ceremony for the men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 20 February 2018. EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA Dostawca: PAP/EPA.

Alex’s house in London and the family moments:

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