Freestyle Skiing

Rod Perry - Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 16:59 ET

Justine, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe win gold, silver in women's moguls

Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, Audrey Robichaud eliminated

Dufour-Lapointe sisters on the Sochi podium
Silver medalist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe and bonze medalist Hannah Kearney pose on the podium at Sochi (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe held hands, beaming with elation as they approached the podium on Saturday. 

It was an emotional moment for the two sisters and Montreal natives, who had just made Canadian Olympic history and earned Canada its first gold and silver medals of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in the process.

Justine and Chloé placed first and second, respectively, in the women's moguls final at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park Saturday in Sochi.. 

No Canadian sisters have ever stood on the same podium together in Olympic history.

"Holding Chloe's hand meant that I wasn't alone," Justine said. "I was in shock. I saw Chloe and I felt calm. Holding her hand, I knew it would feel more like home."

Justine, the youngest sibling at 19, skied a near-flawless final run, with a score of 22.44 while elder sister Chloé scored 21.66, edging defending Olympic gold medallist Hannah Kearney. 

Kearney was hoping to become the first back-to-back Olympic champion in moguls, but still reached the podium with a bronze medal (21.49).

It was hardly a consolation prize for the 25-year-old native of Hanover, New Hampshire.

"The run felt like a battle more than an accomplishment," Kearney said. "It was mine to take and I felt like I gave it away."

Happy for her sisters

The eldest Dufour-Lapointe sister, Maxime, 25, was eliminated after the second of the three-run final, along with Quebec native Audrey Robichaud.

But Maxime felt the same excitement as her sisters anyway.

"The path we walked, we did this side-by-side," Maxime said. "These tears I'm crying, these tears are not of disappointment. They're tears of joy."

Their father, Yves, was crying those same tears.

"A dream. A long time, we've dreamed this," he said. "It doesn't get any better than this. It doesn't."

It was the fifth Olympics in which three siblings competed in the same event, but never has there been a podium sweep by three family members. 

Japan's Aiko Uemura (fourth place with 20.66), Australia's Britteny Cox (19.43), and American Eliza Outtrim (19.37) rounded out the final results.

The top 12 competitors from the first run (20 skiers) moved on to the second run. The six highest point totals from there earned a spot in the final.

Chloé, 22, has the most World Cup success with her, earning eight podium finishes in 65 World Cup starts. She's currently ranked fifth in the world and qualified for the final based on her first run (a second-place finish).

She is also the only sister to have competed in Vancouver in 2010 (where she placed fifth). 

Justine made her World Cup debut in 2010 and comes into the Olympics as the second-ranked World Cup moguls skier -- for the second straight year. She won bronze at the 2013 FIS world championships in moguls.

Earlier in the day, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris won bronze in men's slopestyle.

-- With files from The Associated Press

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