Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
Sisters Maxime, Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe
On 5 and 6 January, the sisters Maxime, Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe will compete for the seventh time “in trio” the world Cup of freestyle skiing in Calgary. In at least six occasions, one of the three climbed onto the podium and, in the course of the last five editions, two of the three sisters were left with a medal around his neck.
Even if the bumps are an individual sport, the sisters Dufour-Lapointe approach it as a team. “We have personalities completely different, but we complement each other well,” says Maxime.
“To be separated does not seem to us normal,” she adds. Since that time, we have a routine well-oiled machine where we know when we give each of the space, but also when it is a time of team. “
According to the canadian olympic Committee, Maxime, 28 years old, and Chloe, 26 years old, and Justine, age 23, became only the third trio of sisters to participate in the olympic Games. It was in Sochi, in 2014. Justine had won the gold in front of Chloe, while Maxime took the 12th place.
“I think that this would not be the same thing if I didn’t have my sisters with me to the olympics,” says Justine. Just participate in the Games is something that is difficult and intense. You feel lost. You are afraid of. To live this intense moment of my life with my two sisters, it was really good. I knew that I was going to be correct. “
If Justine is assured of defending his olympic title on or after February 9, at the snow Park Phoenix Pyeongchang, South Korea, Chloé and Maxime are not yet assured of the adventure. Justine is a qualified by winning a medal at the last World championships, while Andi Naude has insured hers in amount two times on the podium in 2016-2017.
The bosseuses canadian are so talented that the rest of the team and not decide immediately. Audrey Robichaud, who took part in the olympic games in Turin and Sochi, are also part of the equation. Hence the importance of doing well in the next three steps north american, Calgary, Deer Valley (10 and 11 January) and Mont-Tremblant (20 January).
The canadian team of moguls expected to be announced on January 22.
Last year, in Calgary, the event was won by an Australian Britteny Cox, followed by Justine and Chloé. Maximus had taken the 13th place and Robichaud, the 15th.
In men, Mikaël Kingsbury finished second, behind Australia’s Matt Graham and ahead of Frenchman Benjamin Calvet. Philippe Marquis took the sixth rank and Laurent Dumais had finished 10th.