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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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JC February 08 2014 at 5:45 PM

Congrats ladies!

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kitsnkats11 February 09 2014 at 12:01 PM

A note to Kearney....you are representing your country in an individualized sport. This is not supposed to be a cry baby ego moment because you didn't get to win back to backs. You placed third, you have an Olympic medal, be proud of yourself. Maybe you shouldn't have tried that big, showy jump that set you wrong on the moguls and caused your mistake. The Canadian sisters were more conservative and perfect.

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Kate mary February 09 2014 at 2:27 AM

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Fran Bishop February 09 2014 at 11:14 AM

I am an American and I argue this point all the time. If you enjoy what you are doing, do the best you can and don't come in first your are winner, at least in my book. Not everyone can be first, if they could it wouldn't be a great accomplishment. But it's only a disgrace to be complacent about a job, task or competition. She gave it her all and FOR TODAY those other two girls out skiied her. She can be sad but now it's time to pull up her "big girl" pants and move on. Good going Canada.

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Kate February 09 2014 at 2:23 AM

What fun! Go, neighbors! Gosh, they must be so happy, and Canada so proud: they clearly deserved it, and I am so happy for them, their family, and all their friends and fans.

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dentiom03 Kate February 09 2014 at 5:58 AM

i'm with ya kate canada's a great nation with great people. their kindness after 9-11 was amazing. google gander, newfoundland operation yellow ribbon. an amazing story of kindness from strangers.

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kitsnkats11 Kate February 09 2014 at 12:14 PM

I grew up in the US close to the Canadian border and find Canada to be a wonderful country with such nice people. If the US can't grab the gold, I am glad a Canadian won it.

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dorc792 February 09 2014 at 4:00 AM

any irish olimphians?

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rperin dorc792 February 09 2014 at 7:38 AM

There certainly are!

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bud1058 February 09 2014 at 4:19 AM

I know it's disappointing but don t stand there looking like that , she comes off appearing as a poor sportsman.

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ldnat bud1058 February 09 2014 at 7:09 AM

I agree!!!

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jackie and john bud1058 February 09 2014 at 10:47 AM

i agree also! i found her demeaner to getting a bronze was very unprofessional. be happy you won the bronze and happy you had a chance to compete and be at this spectacular event! i understand her diappointment but do not advertise it to the world by a sulky demeaner.

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Sammy February 09 2014 at 4:27 AM

Poor Hannah. I can't imagine the pressure and nervousness she felt :(. I feel so bad for the competitors that have such high hopes, and don't reach their goals. Bronze of course is an amazing accomplishment, but in her head, she'll always be thinking she could've gotten the gold.

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blueeyessing February 09 2014 at 6:12 AM

The American looks so sad with her flowers down and not smiling. I am very proud of her for getting a Bronze Medal. It is a shame when Olympic competitors are not happy with 2nd or 3rd place. And congratulations to the sisters.

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ldnat blueeyessing February 09 2014 at 7:09 AM

that was so embarrsing to see USA act so sad. They still got a medal!

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Blanche February 09 2014 at 12:27 PM

Congratulations Canada

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beadfreak Blanche February 09 2014 at 3:47 PM

That's what I say too. They seem to forget that just getting to the Olympics makes you the best in your sport in your country, and that your country isn't the only one represented by "best of the best". Just 'cause you got there doesn't mean that you are the best in the world. If I was a competitor, I'd be thrilled to get the Bronze medal. After all, fourth place and lower didn't get anything, yet they still competed in the Olympics, which is an honor all to itself!

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