March 25, 1994 |
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
Justine Dufour-Lapointe (born March 25, 1994) is a Canadian freestyle skier from Montreal, Quebec. She is the reigning Olympic champion in the moguls event as well as the reigning world champion from 2015 event. This was also the first time that Canadian sisters stood together on the podium, and the fourth time ever, when her sister Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won silver in the same event. In winning the Olympics, she became the youngest freestyle skiing Olympic champion ever at nineteen years of age. Dufour-Lapointe was the FIS World Cup rookie of the year for the 2010–11 season. Dufour-Lapointe has also won a bronze medal in the moguls event at the 2013 FIS World Championships.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe started her young career during the 2010–11 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup. During that season, she became the youngest female winner of an FIS World Cup moguls event at the age of 16, winning the event in Mont Gabriel. She has two older sisters, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, who also compete in moguls.
She won her first major medal the 2013 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championships where she placed third, winning the bronze behind the dominant Hannah Kearney, who had won the gold medal. Dufour-Lapointe had fallen during her qualification, but managed to place a second run good enough to qualify for the final. This was a proud result for Dufour-Lapointe; given the adversity required to win the bronze, she stated, "I’m so happy about my medal today, but in fact it’s not the medal so much as the path that I took to get it. The path was tough but I made it."
At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Justine competed in Moguls along with her sisters Chloé and Maxime. This was the fifth time that three siblings have competed at the Winter Games in the same event. Justine finished first overall in the event with a score of 22.44, with her sister Chloé placing second with a score of 21.66. With the result, she became the youngest freestyle skiing champion ever at the Winter Games. Thanks to the win, this earned the sisters' and Canada's first gold and silver medals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Dufour-Lapointe said of the event with her sister and her excitement that "Holding Chloe's hand meant that I wasn't alone. I was in shock. I saw Chloe and I felt calm. Holding her hand, I knew it would feel more like home."
- "Justine, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe win gold, silver in women's moguls". CBC Sports. February 8, 2014.
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- "Chloe Dufour-Lapointe Profile". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
- "Canada's Kingsbury wins moguls world title, Bilodeau 2nd". CBC Sports. March 6, 2013.
- Rod Perry (8 February 2014). "Dufour-Lapointe sisters could make history in women's moguls final". CBC News.
- The Canadian Press (8 February 2014). "Dufour-Lapointe sisters win gold and silver in Olympic moguls". CTV News.
- Justine Dufour-Lapointe at the International Ski Federation
- Freestyle Skiing Canada profile
- Justine Dufour-Lapointe on Twitter