Canadian sisters unite in sibling rivalry

Sat Feb 8, 2014 4:45pm EST
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By Philip O'Connor

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Canada's sister act of Justine, Chloe and Maxime Dufour- Lapointe may present a united front, but when they hit the slopes it's every woman for herself.

Flanked by her Olympic champion sister, moguls silver medalist Chloe told a news conference that they put their family ties on hold when they reach the start.

"When we're in competition it's an individual sport. When we went into the bus and on the chairlift, it's showtime," the middle sister of the three said.

"We were ready and every one of us had something to do and had her own plan. When we were up at the gate, for sure we had some looks, but then everybody has to do her job."

But their sibling success was tinged with sadness as eldest sister Maxime, who celebrates her 25th birthday on Sunday and inspired her younger siblings to take up the sport, left the slopes empty-handed after failing to qualify for the final run.

Maxime sat among the journalists at the news conference as her sisters took the plaudits, but she was never far from the thoughts of her younger siblings while they celebrated.

"It's pretty simple for us. We grew up together, we always ski together and today we are all together at the Olympic games and this is the most satisfying feeling."

Asked whether they would stay together after their success, Chloe was adamant.   Continued...

(L-R) Canadian sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe wait for the start of the women's freestyle skiing moguls final competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez