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Canada's Dufour-Lapointe sisters win moguls gold, silver again

The Canadian Press

3/15/2014 12:09:44 PM

VOSS, Norway -- Canada's Dufour-Lapointe sisters are making a habit of sharing the medal podium.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe won moguls gold at a freestyle skiing World Cup on Saturday, while older sister Chloe captured the silver.

"It's great, I'm just so proud of my sisters, and I'm just so happy we can all share that together," Justine said. "It's been an amazing experience just to travel the world but also compete with each other at this level. It's super great. I couldn't ask for more right now."

Third sister Maxime finished 11th.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe, 19, and 22-year-old sister Chloe, finished in the same order to claim gold and silver at last month's Sochi Olympics, and the image of the Montreal siblings holding hands before stepping onto the medal podium is one of the most enduring images of the Games.

Saturday, Justine scored 24.85 points for the victory while Chloe claimed the silver with 24.52. American Hannah Kearney won the bronze.

Canada's two-time Olympic men's moguls champion Alex Bilodeau won silver in the men's event.

Justine and Chloe battled rough conditions with hard snow and changing weather en route to the podium.

"It was not an easy day for anyone, but really every run I've done I upgraded a little bit more and I'm really stoked and happy and I just stuck to my plan and managed to win so it's great," Justine said. "And being again on the podium with Chloe, it's even better. Also I get back the yellow (leaders) bib and the race right now is so tight with me and Hannah, so it's really cool actually. I love it."

Justine Dufour-Lapointe leads in the overall women's standings with 665 points, followed by Kearney (650) and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (381).

"Of course I'm going to fight until the end to win (the overall title)," Justine said. "It's in my hand right now, I just have to ski well and hit the last World Cup (next weekend) and try to do my best so of course I want to have it."

Two weeks ago in Japan, Justine won World Cup moguls gold, while sister Maxime won the bronze.

Chloe took a much-needed week off after that competition and said it paid off Saturday.

"After the Games, we went to Japan and for me it was hard, mentally and physically, I needed to rest a bit," she said. "So a week off was great for me. . . this week I was fresh and excited to ski."

The sisters are looking forward to finally returning home after next weekend, although the Olympic stars known they'll be in high demand.

"I'm pretty excited, I can't wait," Justine Dufour-Lapointe said. "I know that it will be a really crazy hurricane that's going to hit us, but actually I'm trying to enjoy the free time and after that I will be ready for the hurricane."

Russia's Alexandr Myshlyaev, bronze medallist in Sochi, won Saturday's men's gold with 25.51 points, ahead of Montreal's Bilodeau, and Patrick Deneed of the United States.

"I felt I had a great take-off, jump and landing," Bilodeau said. "I'm not sure what else I could have done. But I'm just going to focus on (Sunday) and the Crystal Globe."

Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., has a 710-point lead in the overall standings, followed by his Bilodeau (699) and Deneed (382).

Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City was fifth in the women's event Saturday, while Christel Hamel of Montreal was 12th and Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., 16th.

On the men's side, Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh of Quebec City was seventh, Simon Lemieux of Repentigny, Que., ninth, Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., 12th and Pascal-Olivier Gagne of Montreal, 26th.