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 at 19 years old to be one of the biggest threats to the reign of American Hannah Kearney.
Hailing from the freestyle hotbed that is Quebec, Justine followed her older sisters Maxime and 2013 dual moguls World Champion 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 three seasons, as she rose through the ranks to become one of the best in the world.
The 2012-13 season was Justine's best to date. The fiery competitor came out swinging, claiming podiums in four of the season's first six events, one of which was a victory on Canadian soil in Calgary. Her early-season heroics saw her grab hold of the yellow bib for the top-ranked ladies' mogul skier for much of the first half of the 2012-13 season, before eventually engaging in a back-and-forth battle with the resurgent Kearney that proved to be one of last year's more compelling story lines.
While Justine would eventually see the veteran Kearney hold the yellow bib and claim the 2013 Crystal Globe for top overall ladies' mogul skier, Justine did walk away with two victories and five podiums on the season, a bronze medal from the 2013 Voss FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships, and a world ranking of #2 overall.
Still a teenager until just after the last World Cup event of the 2013-14 season, Justine has by no means reached her prime as an athlete.
She has, however, already reached the highest of highs in the moguls world, claiming gold at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the sort of calmly inspired performance one would expect from a much more mature athlete.
Justine shared the victory with her sister Chloe, who took silver, and the image of the two Dufour-Lapointes holding hands as they waited to climb the Sochi podium will go down as one of the most enduring of the Games.
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