Dufour-Lapointe sisters go 1-2 in Olympic moguls

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014

Her jumps — a 360-degree twist and a back layout — were simple and ramrod straight. She earned a 22.44 when the three scoring elements — speed (25 percent), turns through the moguls (50 percent) and jumps (12.5 percent each) were added up.

"They're incredibly consistent skiers who perform well under pressure," Kearney said. "They ski the same run every time."

Chloe, 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.

"It was a hill that needed to be skied with emotion, so I skied with my heart," Chloe said. "The judges saw it tonight."

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 grab of her ski — the most difficult trick on the slope this night — wasn't enough to make up for the earlier problems.

"I'll have to treat this bronze medal as a reward for fighting," she said. "Right now, I'd like very much to ski again. But I'll try my very best to let it go. It'll help my happiness level."

No help needed in the Dufour-Lapointe family — or anywhere in Canada, it seems. The country that hosted the last Winter Games pumped big-time money into its skiing programs and won 26 medals in 2010, including a world-leading 14 golds.

After the first full day of competition in Russia, Canada already has three — starting with Mark McMorris' bronze in slopestyle just up the hill from the moguls.

And silver and gold from the Dufour-Lapointes. Shortly after their victories, they received a phone call from Prime Minister Stephen Harper that they couldn't accept. They were in the middle of the winner's news conference.

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

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