Who is Justine Dufour-Lapointe?
Name: Justine Dufour-Lapointe
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
2016/17 World Cup ranking: 3rd
- 2014 Olympic moguls gold medalist
- 2015 World Championships gold medalist (moguls)
- 4-time world championships medalist (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
- 6 straight seasons ranked inside the World Cup top three for moguls (2012-2017)
Dufour-Lapointe made her Olympic debut at the Sochi Games in 2014, winning gold ahead of her sister Chloe, who took silver. They were just the third pair of sisters to ever win gold and silver in the same event in Olympic history. (Austrian lugers Doris and Angelika Neuner accomplished the feat in 1992, and French skiers Christine and Marielle Goitschel did it in 1964.)
As the defending Olympic champion, Dufour-Lapointe will still be a threat to win gold, but she will have to fend off Australia's Britt Cox, who enters the current season as the hottest athlete in the sport after winning seven of 11 World Cup events last winter.
Dufour-Lapointe followed her older sisters Chloe and Maxime into freestyle skiing at 8 years old. (Maxime finished 12th and Chloe finished second behind Justine at the 2014 Olympics.) Justine entered her first World Cup event in 2010 and won a dual moguls competition in just her third World Cup start. Interestingly enough, sailing was the Dufour-Lapointe family’s first passion, but once the sisters began their achievements on the slopes, the family sold their boat.
Dufour-Lapointe earned gold in moguls and silver in dual moguls at the world championships in 2015. She is in the midst of six straight seasons of top-three finishes in the World Cup rankings dating back to 2012.
2016/17 season recap
Although her performance was overshadowed by the strength of Britt Cox's season, Dufour-Lapointe still shined, finishing the year ranked third in moguls on the World Cup circuit and earning a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships. She was on the podium at six of the 11 World Cup competitions.
Off the snow
When she is not competing on the mountain, Dufour-Lapointe enjoys photography, shopping, surfing and cooking.
"I had this fighter inside of me. And I thought, 'You’re a fighter, you’re a tiger.... This is my moment. This is my day. And I will own that moment for myself and I will ski for myself.' This is what I said going down." — Dufour-Lapointe on what she was thinking before her final run in Sochi (Feb. 2014, Globe and Mail)