Dufour-Lapointe sisters a triple threat in Sochi
Justine, Chloe, Maxime compete at 10:30 a.m. ET
When women’s moguls competition begins in Sochi, all eyes will be on the Dufour-Lapointe sisters. The trio of freestyle superstars enters the Games holding three of the top five spots in the World Cup standings, poised to win.
Justine, 19, the youngest of the sisters from Montreal, Que., is currently ranked second in the world. She came out of the gate strong this season with five podium finishes, including two wins, proving she will be a contender in Sochi.
“I'm good because I'm passionate about this sport,” Justine told CBC Sports before the season started
“I have this thing inside of me that I always want to do better and win.”
The sisters, who grew up skiing in the Laurentians north of Montreal, will now have the chance to live their Olympic dream together.
Justine and Maxime, 24, will compete in their first career Olympic Games on Thursday in Sochi.
“Chloe has been to the Olympic games so she has a lot of experience,” said Justine.
“She knows what is it to compete in front of Canada, and I'm glad she's there and I'm glad also that Max is there for me. They’ve helped me so much growing up.”
Chloe competed in her first career Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. She surprised the world vy finishing fifth at the age of only 18, skiing alongside one of her biggest role models, fellow Canadian Jennifer Heil. Now 22, she’s ready to prove to the world that she is still a fierce competitor.
“I want to show to the people that I’m going to be the best in the world,” said Chloe.
“I hope that I’m going to do the best that I can.”
This time, she’ll be flanked by her two sisters, who double as her training and travel partners too.
“This is just amazing,” she said.
“What is cool about us is that we all have different personalities, different styles, each one of us has our own thing. “
One thing the sisters have in common is their ability to perform under pressure. While Justine and Chloe were both expected to make the Canadian Olympic team ahead of the season, eldest sister Maxime exceeded all expectations posting her best career results to earn a third women’s moguls spot.
In Sochi, the trio will proudly wear the Maple Leaf.
“I always hoped that I would be able to represent the nation by doing what I love,” said Justine.
“To be able to say that I am now doing that is a dream come true.”
For Chloe, the family bond is the most exciting part.
“I think we’re going to have so much fun. I’m really excited to be there, for the top of the course (to give her sisters high fives before she competes) and to just go for it.”