Family Affair: Canadian Sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe Score Gold and Silver in Freestyle Moguls
It wasn’t enough that they secured gold and silver medals in Russia in the women’s freestyle moguls event; the Dufour-Lapointe sisters from Canada stole the hearts of millions worldwide with their family bond during their moment of Olympic glory.
Justine, 19, and Chloé, 22 took to the podium in Sochi holding hands and reveling in a moment of family connection that they (and the rest of the world) will not soon forget. The Montreal natives joined their older sister Maxime in competition on the Russian slopes Saturday. And while they couldn’t make it a clean family podium sweep, Justine and Chloé managed to captivate a world wide audience with their first and second place finishes, along with their resulting emotions including smiles, tears, laughter and family connection.
Justine and Chloé finished with final run scores of 22.44 and 21.66 respectively for the top hardware of the competition. This was the first time that a pair of sisters took gold and silver in the same event in exactly 50 years, dating back to 1964 when Christine and Marielle Goitschel of France took gold and silver in the alpine ski racing slalom discipline. American, Hannah Kearney, the 2010 Games champion rounded out the podium.
“Holding the hand of Chloé meant that I wasn’t alone. I was there and couldn’t imagine that I would step up on the first step of the podium,” younger sister Justine said. “I was shocked,” she added. “I saw Chloé and I felt calm again and took her hand, and thought to my-self: ‘Chloé, we’ll live that moment together and it will feel more like home’."
There is no doubt they lived the moment together, along with their proud home nation of Canada and millions more around the world who were enchanted by the unique bond between two great athletes and siblings.
With no hesitations or regrets about finishing in the runner-up position to her little sister, Chloé had the following to add:
“It meant a lot to be on the podium with my sister. It happened before at the World Cup but here it’s the Olympics, it’s the big game, the big world, you have all the pressure of the world on you.”
One final touch of class came at a press conference following their win. Including their oldest sister Maxime, who finished 12th overall in the event, Justine took the arms of both her sisters and stated, “We’re sisters forever.”