Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dufour-Lapointe Sisters Take Gold and Silver in Moguls

Justine Dufour-Lapointe has claimed Canada's first gold medal of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with her sister Chloe winning silver on 8th Febuary at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Defending champion and big medal favourite Hannah Kearney of the United States skied to third position after a mistake in the upper section of the course.
"Unfortunately it doesn't feel good, it feels better to stand on the top of the podium. I feel like I let myself down. I wanted that gold medal and I skied for it. I made a huge mistake and you don't win a gold medal at the Olympic Games when you make a mistake. I will have to treat it as a reward for fighting and not for perfection", a visibly disappointed Kearney said. The bronze medal was a heartbreak for her and she fought through tears at an emotional press conference.
Justine on the other hand was in tears because of joy. Not only did she win the Olympic gold medal but also became the youngest Olympic Champion in Freestyle Skiing: "Wow. That's really cool. I didn't know that I am the youngest athlete to have won a medal. It's incredible. Today was my day. This morning I woke up and I was a little bit stressed. I had all those butterflies in me. I didn't know why. At the course the butterflies instantly stopped. I knew what I had to do, it was simple, I had to pull off the heart that I had inside and all the training that I got in all those years. The last run was my run. I skied for myself".
Justine finished first with a score of 22.44 while Chloe took 21.66, and Kearney claimed 21.49 points. The oldest of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters Maxime did not make it into the super final. She finished 12th. ''The path we walked, we did this side-by-side,'' Maxime said. ''These tears I'm crying, these tears are not of disappointment. They're tears of joy'.'

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