Family members competing in the Olympics is a story that seems to resurface every four years, but siblings sweeping the podium together? Montreal sisters Maxime, 24, Chloe, 22, and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, 19, are one step closer to fulfilling that dream scenario after advancing past the qualification round of the women's freestyle skiing moguls competition in Sochi.
Chloe Dufour-Lapointe sits in second place heading into the final round, while youngest sister Justine is right behind in third. Maxime Dufour-Lapointe is currently in the eighth position.
This is the fifth Olympics where at least three siblings are competing in the same Winter Games event, and it's the first time it has happened in an individual event since 1976, according to NBC Sports. The last time three sisters participated in the same Olympics was at the 1960 Squaw Valley Games when Thérèse, Anne-Marie and Marguerite Leduc represented France in Alpine skiing.
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So what is it like being the parents of the Winter Olympics’ answer to Peyton, Eli and Cooper?
“Most of the time one is calling home crying, one is medium happy with her performance and one is really happy,” mother Johane Dufour told the Toronto Star. “They are competitors now but they will always be sisters.”
The three are no strangers to sweeping the medals at the national level. They completed that feat in 2010 when Chloe Dufour-Lapointe captured the women’s dual moguls title at the Canadian freestyle ski championship. Maxime and Justine took second and third, respectively.
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“It’s really nice. It’s a first in a competition at this level, and we’re happy to be together,” Chloe said following the race. “After the qualifications, we said we can do it.”
If all three want to replicate that result on the world stage, they’ll have to chase down defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the United States, who is the current leader heading into Saturday’s medal round.
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