Sibling revelry: Dufour-Lapointe sisters collect gold, silver medals
Justine, Chloe share podium at Medals Plaza
Canada took over the Medals Plaza in Sochi on Sunday evening, as guests of honour Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe were on hand to receive the medals they earned for their dominating performance in the women's moguls competition.
Justine, 19, won Canada’s first gold medal of the Games, while sister Chloé, 23, collected the country’s first silver medal. American Hannah Kearney, the 2010 Olympic champion, added a bronze medal to her trophy case.
Kearney, the first to step onto the podium, waved to the crowd and smiled politely before having her medal placed around her neck, but didn’t look overjoyed at the fact that she was standing two places lower on the podium than in Vancouver.
There was nothing insincere about the reaction of the elder Dufour-Lapointe sister, however. Chloé greeted the crowd with a huge smile and a wave as she took her second-place spot, and held her silver medal up high for the crowd.
Then it was young Justine’s turn, and she wasted no time bolting up to the top of the platform and jumping up and down in celebration. She pumped her fist in the air and blew kisses for the adoring crowd after receiving her gold medal.
Once all three medallists had received their hardware, the victory ceremony continued with the raising of the flags and the playing of the Canadian national anthem.
Justine had trouble containing her emotions at the end, as tears formed in her eyes and then streamed down her cheeks while she watched the Canadian flag make its way up the flagpole.
The ceremony concluded with the three athletes huddling together for photos and giving a final salute to the approving throng before them.