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.
Justine finished 2013/14 ranked second overall and carried the momentum from her gold medal-winning season right into into 2014/15, racking up four podiums (including two victories) before rolling into the Kreischberg 2015 Freestyle World Ski Championships.
Then, in Kreischberg, she was able to add another couple of pieces of major hardware to her trophy case, claiming the gold medal in the moguls before turning around and taking silver in the dual moguls the very next day.
Justine would wrap up 2014/15 behind Hannah Kearney, in second place overall once again, but would head into 2015/16 with the way seemingly cleared for her to finally claim her first moguls crystal globe after four consecutive seasons of playing runner-up.
However, once it again it was not to be.
Despite logging three victories and a second place podium on the season, some inconsistencies at other events cost her, and for the fifth straight season Justine would have to settle for the World Cup silver medal - this time watching as her sister Chloe lifted the globe.
The 2016/17 would end up being a minor step backwards for Justine, as though she skied strongly for long stretches at a time and was able to rack up six podiums in 11 events, a few missteps over the course of the season found her sitting in third on the overall rankings by the winter's end.
For most skiers, third overall on the FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup circuit is a height that can only be dreamed of. For Justine Dufour-Lapointe, however, that result marks her lowest ranking since her first season on tour, and for anyone who has watched this remarkable athlete compete you will know that last season's performance will only add fuel to her fire as she looks for a repeat gold medal performance at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea this February.
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