Dufour-Lapointe sisters could make history in women's moguls final
4 Canadians in contention for podium at Winter Games
A quartet of Canadian women's moguls skiers has its sights set on making history at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, streaming at cbc.ca/olympics).
The Dufour-Lapointe sisters of Montreal — Chloé, Justine and Maxime — are all vying for a spot on the podium, along with teammate Audrey Robichaud of Quebec when they compete in the women's moguls final at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi, Russia.
No siblings have ever swept the podium in a Winter Olympics event, but it is the fifth time at least three siblings have competed in the same event at a Winter Games.
Chloé, 22, brings 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 (a fifth-place finish).
Justine, the youngest at 19, finished second in the World Cup moguls standings for the second straight season. Maxime, the eldest sister at 25, qualified after an eighth-place finish in the preliminary run.
Robichaud, 25, qualified in ninth after the first run. She'll ski first out of the Canadian women in the final (12th on the start list), followed immediately by Maxime (13th). Justine and Chloé will ski 18th and 19th, respectively.
Kearney stands in the way
Standing in the Canadians' way is reigning Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney, who is also trying to make history.
The 25-year-old native of Hanover, New Hampshire, is hoping to become the first moguls skier to successfully defend her title. The 2010 Vancouver gold medallist qualified in first after her run Thursday.
Hometown favourite Ekaterina Stolyarova, of Russia, led the second-run qualifiers who advanced to the final on Saturday with a score of 21.32.
Italy's Deborah Scanzio (21.01), and Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic — who narrowly missed a berth in the final with an 11th-place finish in the first qualifier — rounded out the top three with a score of 20.43.
American Heather McPhie, a three-time winner on the World Cup circuit in 2013, also punched her ticket to the final with a sixth-place finish (18.85).
A trio of Australians also booked their spots in the final after the second run, as Britteny Cox, Taylah Oneill, and Nicole Parks are all moving on. Joining them are Arisa Nurata of Japan, China's Ning Qan, and Marika Pertakhiya of Russia.
Norway's Hedvig Wessel had a scary moment, after falling on one of her jumps and landing awkwardly on her back. She would finish the race and did not appear injured.
The twenty skiers who failed to earn a direct spot in the final after the first qualification run Thursday competed in the second run.
The top 10 entries from the first qualification run earned an automatic trip to the final — and a shot at a podium spot — while the 20 remaining skiers got another chance in the second preliminary run, 10 of which also booked their spots in the final.