Canada’s 3SDL making the most of the Olympic Athletes’ Hub
The showstopping exploits of Canada’s Dufour-Lapointe sisters in the women’s moguls at Sochi captivated the world. Leading the way was 19-year-old Justine, who took gold from her sister Chloé, three years her senior, while Maxime, the oldest of the three female siblings at 24, also made the final and came home 12th.
Les 3SDL (Les 3 Soeurs Dufour-Lapointe – “the three Dufour-Lapointe sisters”), as the Canadian trio are known back home, have been keeping the world abreast of their adventures on the IOC’s Olympic Athletes’ Hub, posting regular updates on their joint Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Taking pride of place on their Hub news thread are the latest FIS Women’s World Cup Moguls standings, which as of the first week of March see Justine, Maxime and Chloé lying second third and fourth respectively. Out front is the USA’s Hannah Kearney, whose lead over Justine was cut to 25 points when the in-form Canadian won in Inawashiro, Japan, on 1 March, the first race held after her Olympic triumph.
There are four rounds left in the World Cup season, which comes to an end on 21 March, and while Chloé and Maxime are more than 200 points adrift of Kearney and look to be well out of the running for the Crystal Globe, their gold medal-winning sibling has every chance of claiming another accolade this year.
Justine was joined on the podium in Inawashiro by Maxime, who finished third. When a photo of the smiling duo went online, their proud mother Johanne commented: “Bravo! My Little Dolls!!!! Mum XXX.”
Climbing on to the top step of the podium with Justine was her compatriot Alex Bilodeau. Though he failed to claim a top-three finish in Inawashiro, Bilodeau is still riding on the crest of a wave after successfully defending his Olympic title in Sochi, a freestyle-skiing first.
The sisters’ Olympic tale began on 19 January at the final World Cup event before the Sochi Games, held in Val Saint-Côme in their native Canada. Chloé came home first that day, ahead of Justine, while Maxime did enough behind them to clinch her place on Canada’s Olympic team. Two days later Les 3SDL posted a smiling photo of themselves on their Facebook wall along with the comment: “The three of us are on the way to fulfilling our dream.”
They began their journey to Sochi at the end of the month, uploading photos of themselves kitted out in their all-red Canada uniforms and hinting at their imminent success in Sochi with a shot of Justine and Chloé congratulating each other after the finish line in Val St-Côme.
Next up came views of the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor and their room at the Athletes’ Village. On 29 January, the three sisters posted a message explaining that they had their final pre-Games training camp at the French resort of Tignes before stopping off in Munich en route to Russia.
On 3 February came a detailed photo report of the Quebec siblings training on the Olympic slope. And three days later came the qualifying sessions, with all three making it through to the final, confirmation of which was provided by a shot of the scoreboard.
On the eve of the final, Les 3SDL posted a montage of the eight members of Canada’s moguls team – four girls and four boys – in action.
And when the big day came, up went a photo of their parents Yves and Johanne, all smiles at the foot of the piste.
Those smiles were even broader by the end of a day on which Justine became Olympic champion, Chloé won silver and Maxime took 12th place, a triple achievement commemorated by just two photos: one of the final result shown on a TV screen and another of the two medal winners laughing together.
Three weeks on and the adventure continues, this time in Japan, where Les 3SDL are keeping their fans updated on all their exploits on the Olympic Athletes’ Hub.