The youngest of the triple-threat sister team from Canada and the youngest female mogul skier to ever claim a World Cup victory, the vivacious Justine Dufour-Lapointe has proven herself one of the most thrilling athletes in Freestyle since the first season she stepped on to the World Cup circuit.
Hailing from the freestyle hotbed that is Quebec, Justine followed her older sisters Maxime and Chloe into freestyle skiing as a youngster, beginning her Nor-Am Cup career in 2009 at age 15 before moving onto the World Cup in the 2010-11 season.
Justine made an immediate splash in World Cup competition, placing 5th, 3rd, and 1st in her first three competitions and settling into a trend that would see her finish outside of the top 10 only a handful of times over the next four seasons, as she rose through the ranks to become one of the best in the world.
After a 2012/13 season that saw the fiery competitor claim podiums in four of the season's first six events - one of which was a victory on Canadian soil in Calgary - and engage in a back-and-forth battle with the inimitable Hannah Kearney (USA) for the yellow leader's bib throughout the season only to lose out in the end, it was beginning to look like Justine had taken the next step in her skiing.
In 2013/14, that suggestion became a fact, as Justine claimed three victories and eight podiums on the World Cup season on her way to pushing Kearney into the closest crystal globe battle the American had seen in four seasons.
Of course, the most enduring image of Justine's 2013/14 season will be that of her standing on the top of the podium at Sochi 2014 with her sister Chloe in the silver medal position beside her, Olympic champion at the age of 19, still not at her peak even while at the pinnacle of the the sporting world.
There is still much left for Justine left to win in moguls skiing, including world championship gold and that elusive crystal globe. Perhaps 2014/15 will be the year she does both.
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