7. Maxime Dufour-Lapointe / 8. Chloé Dufour-Lapointe / 9. Justine Dufour-Lapointe
Triple-threat Medal Winners
As children, learning to sail in the close confines of a small boat taught Maxime, Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe the value of overcoming their differences and working together as one, happy, united team. That lesson would launch them to Olympic heights when they traded in their sails and rudders for mogul skis.
When each of the girls turned three, their parents – Johane Dufour and Yves Lapointe – taught them how to ski at Mont Blanc, Québec. Maxime, the eldest, was the first to try freestyle mogul competition when she followed her friend to an event and entered just because she loved the jumps. The 10-year old was so good on the jumps and in the bumps, that she would go on to earn a place on the women’s Canadian National Freestyle Team. In 2009, Maxime made history when she became one of the first women to land a backwards flip with a full-twist in competition.
Watching Maxime having fun, travelling the world and making new friends while skiing moguls lit an Olympic-sized flame in both Chloé and Justine’s hearts. Chloé, the middle sister, was 15 when she embarked on her international mogul skiing career. She would go on to become the first Canadian woman freestyle skier to participate in four Olympic Winter Games (Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, Pyeong Chang 2018 and Beijing 2022). She would end her career with an Olympic silver medal (Sochi 2014), one gold and one silver world championship medal in the dual moguls, and four World Cup podiums.
Despite an inauspicious start in which her sisters had to bribe her with chocolate just so she’d ski another bump run, Justine, the youngest, would go on to have the Dufour-Lapointes’ most illustrious Olympic and World Cup career. At 16, she became the youngest skier to win an FIS World Cup event. At 19, she became the youngest freestyle skier to take home Olympic gold. By the time she hung up her mogul skis in 2022, Justine had won Olympic gold and silver medals, world championship gold, silver and bronze medals, plus 16 World Cup podiums.
But for all their individual achievements, what’s most telling about the Lapointe-Dufour sisters is that they accomplished it all while having fun skiing together. In 2014, all three siblings qualified for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Then, with Maxime cheering them on from the sidelines, Justine and Chloé won gold and silver, respectively. But perhaps the highlight of their careers came in 2016 when they swept the podium, one, two three, at an FIS World Cup mogul event in Val Saint-Côme, Québec. Now that’s strength in sisterhood!