Moguls: Dufour-Lapointe sisters take gold and silver

08 February 2014 21:24
19-year-old Justine Dufour-Lapointe celebrating gold
19-year-old Justine Dufour-Lapointe celebrating gold -

Justine Dufour-Lapointe has claimed Canada's first gold medal of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with her sister Chloe winning silver on 8th Febuary at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park . Defending champion and big medal favourite Hannah Kearney of the United States skied to third position after a mistake in the upper section of the course.

"Unfortunately it doesn't feel good, it feels better to stand on the top of the podium. I feel like I let myself down. I wanted that gold medal and I skied for it. I made a huge mistake and you don't win a gold medal at the Olympic Games when you make a mistake. I will have to treat it as a reward for fighting and not for perfection", a visibly disappointed Kearney said. The bronze medal was a heartbreak for her and she fought through tears at an emotional press conference.

Justine on the other hand was in tears because of joy. Not only did she win the Olympic gold medal but also became the youngest Olympic Champion in Freestyle Skiing: "Wow. That's really cool. I didn't know that I am the youngest athlete to have won a medal. It's incredible. Today was my day. This morning I woke up and I was a little bit stressed. I had all those butterflies in me. I didn't know why. At the course the butterflies instantly stopped. I knew what I had to do, it was simple, I had to pull off the heart that I had inside and all the training that I got in all those years. The last run was my run. I skied for myself."

Justine finished first with a score of 22.44 while Chloe took 21.66, and Kearney claimed 21.49 points. The oldest of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters Maxime did not make it into the super final. She finished 12th. ''The path we walked, we did this side-by-side,'' Maxime said. ''These tears I'm crying, these tears are not of disappointment. They're tears of joy.''

The ladies' moguls finals could not have been any greater in suspense: In each of the three final rounds, another lady stood on top of the leaderboard. While the first round was led by Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic, Kearney dominated the second run but could not defend her spot in the super final composed of the best six ladies.

Japan's Aiko Uemura who was aiming for a medal at her fifth consecutive Winter Olympics had to settle for fourth place, just as in Vancouver 2010. Britteny Cox of Australia finished fifth while Eliza Outtrim of the United States took sixth place.

Regina Rakhimova was the best Russian skier in 8th place to the great joy of the cheering crowd on-site.

The full list of results can be found here.