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DuFour-LaPointe sisters go 1-2 in Olympic moguls



KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- The Dufour-Lapointe family of Canada will have a few things to share and compare when they get home from Russia.

Try Olympic gold and silver medals.

Youngest sister Justine took the gold in women's moguls Saturday night and middle sister Chloe got the second-place prize.

Oldest sister Maxime also made it into the finals, where she finished 12th - a more-than-interested onlooker to a slice of Olympic history. Justine and Chloe join French skiers Marieele and Christine Goitschel and Austrian lugers Doris and Angelika Neuner on the short list of sisters to win Olympic gold and silver in the same event.

"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."

Their father, Yves, was crying those same tears.

"A dream. A long time, we've dreamed this," he said. "It doesn't get any better than this. It doesn't."

Over the past year, Justine Dufour-Lapointe has proven one of the few moguls skiers who could challenge American Hannah Kearney, who was the defending champion and also strung together 16 straight wins during a span from 2011-12.

On the biggest stage, the 19-year-old Justine more than challenged. She beat Kearney.

Going third-from-last, Justine set the bar with a straight, solid run - skis pointed straight downhill and the bright red knee pads that help the judges gauge the quality of the run moving together in unison. Her jumps - a 360-degree twist and a back layout - were simple and ramrod straight. She scored a 22.44 - a combination of her speed, her work through the moguls and 12.5 percent for each jump.

Chloe, 22, who finished fifth at the Vancouver Games and was the only sister with Olympic experience, came next. Her jumps were a bit more complex - they both involved crossing her skis - but the run itself was a little less clean. She scored 21.66.

Kearney went last, with a chance to become the first skier to go back-to-back in 22-year history of Olympic freestyle. But it was her landing after the first jump, one she had trouble with in practice, then during two earlier runs as well, that tripped her up. Her left ski went flailing up and she struggled to keep her balance.

Kearney's final jump, which includes a difficult grab of her ski, wasn't enough to make up for the earlier problems.

"The run felt like a battle more than an accomplishment," Kearney said. "It was mine to take and I felt like I gave it away."

She stood there, glassy-eyed, during the flower ceremony. Justine, meanwhile, grabbed her sister's hand as the two ascended the first- and second-place steps.

"Holding Chloe's hand meant that I wasn't alone," Justine said. "I was in shock. I saw Chloe and I felt calm. Holding her hand, I knew it would feel more like home."

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ricton738 February 09 2014 at 6:31 PM

I'm enjoying the Olympics. There are a lot of talented kids from all over the world ,giving it their all to win.

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b_grossman1 February 09 2014 at 5:09 PM

Years ago we enjoyed the Olympics...today I don't know anyone who cares about watching it...I think Americans are less interested in cheering for our country as it has become a cesspool of corruption and greed! Hopefully through some miracle America will be great again...but don't hold your breathe. Other countries in the world have also fell into the pit!!!

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rondy727 February 09 2014 at 4:30 PM

What a faux smile!

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Chris O February 09 2014 at 3:33 PM

Probably Cheated because they are Canadian.

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palm2008 February 09 2014 at 3:38 PM

Nice comment. Poor loser!!!

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abbafan320 February 09 2014 at 3:30 PM

Congratulations Canadian Women Skiers!

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dandydon255 February 09 2014 at 3:26 PM

I used to race motorcycles. One of our sayings was " I didn't come here to get second"............ or third.

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sjk09s February 09 2014 at 2:53 PM

It's interesting to see how different competitors react. Yesterday, I was watching the womens cross country skiing competition where the Scandinavians dominate. There was an American skier who came in 8th in the race, and she was just so thrilled and happy to be 8th! Genuinely happy about it. Then you see Hannah up there heartbroken to be 3rd! I don't judge her, she's a very competitive athlete, that's what got her to the Olympics in the first place, her competitive nature.

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EzinWy February 09 2014 at 2:41 PM

My knees hurt watching them ...
===== jump - ahhhhhhhhh ==== jump - ahhhhh ======= jump - ahhhhh ==== swoosh- stop.

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ga7smi February 09 2014 at 2:03 PM

real winter sports

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shopfile66 February 09 2014 at 1:13 PM

I'm tired of and embarrassed at the poor attitude of some of the American athletes. She should be proud of her accomplishment. She medaled in the Olympics!
Ashley Wagner in skating has the same lousy attitude. Neither of these women are a good role model for kids.
Getting to the Olympics is a life time acheivement. Medaling sweetens that acheivement. Medaling gold is showing you were the best in the world at that moment. Hanging your head because you didn't medal or medal gold is poor sportsmanship.

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