Since my children are still young, I can only imagine what it will feel like when they get older and we get to celebrate some of the larger moments in their lives. No matter what they do, I will love them, and be extremely proud.
Imagine how the Dufour-Lapointe parents must feel right now. They had three, yes, THREE daughters all qualify for the Olympics in Sochi, and representing Canada two of the won medals yesterday in mogul skiing. It was a remarkable night for “3SDL”as they like to call themselves. Les trois soeurs Dufour-Lapointe from Montreal; Justine age 19; Chloé, 22; and Maxime who turned 25 on Sunday. Justine won gold, Chloe won silver, and Maxime finished twelfth.
To make a Canadian moguls team in an era when Canada is a superpower in the sport is no mean feat, so for three vivacious, telegenic world-beaters to all come out of the same Montreal household and all arrive at the athletic peak at the same moment in time is bordering on crazy.Now there is a blog I wish I could read. There are times when I find it difficult raising three children, I cannot fathom the sacrifices these parents must have made to get their daughters where they are today. While it was their daughters up on the podium, I think their parents deserve a medal because that is such an outstanding achievement.
I do feel bad for Maxime, since she is the oldest and started skiing first. Apparently it was seeing their sister skiing that made Justine and Chloe interested in the sport and beg to join her. But, according to Maxime, this has been a journey that they have shared together and that makes it special.
“I’m so proud of my sisters, what they accomplished tonight, they 100 per cent deserved it. I’ve seen them train hard, we all did. And I know that they were looking for this result and they made it happen and I think it’s amazing how strong physically, mentally, technically they are.”
“I’m just lucky I’m living in the same house because I can learn from now the two best in the world and be there with them as well.”
According to news stories they are a very tight-knit family. They share a Twitter account — @3_SDL for the three sisters Dufour-Lapointe. “It’s crazy. I love so much my sisters,” said Justine, who becomes the youngest freestyle ski champion in Olympic history at 19 years 321 days. “We will always share that moment together forever. It’s beautiful, just really beautiful.”
So let me get this straight. You have three sisters, all best in the world at what they do, and they love each other. Seriously, I wish I could talk to their parents and find out what raising their daughters was like. I am curious to know how many of the things they did that I hear other parents feeling guilty for? I am sure they had fast food more than once since there was no time to cook, and look how their girls turned out.
I am not the only one who feels that way, to quote one article “It’s an interesting dynamic, but they have all done an outstanding job to create this window, and it’s a credit to their parents, too. They’re a great group of girls, eloquent, and genuinely great human beings.”
I couldn’t find out a lot of information about the girls’ parents. Apparently they were avid sailors looking for a winter sport when they took up skiing. I can assume they must have been financially stable at the very least.
The girl’s mom, Johanne, admits that rivalry was always omnipresent. She clearly remembers driving home from competitions with the three girls in the car, and a range of emotions based on the outcome of the day. But in the same breath, she insists that it was never difficult because the girls always knew that they were sisters first and competitors second.
Perhaps learning how to compete with and against each other better equipped the Dufour-Lapointe sisters to successfully navigate the extreme world of high-performance sport. It is an environment in which the intensity of winning and losing can create all kinds of emotions and dynamics between teammates and competitors.
These dynamics can be powerful, and greatly affect performance. A healthy perspective of one’s self and the bigger picture are required to navigate competition most effectively.
Beating your own limits is the only thing celebrated in the Dufour-Lapointe household, according to Johanne. As a family, the focus is simply not on the medals – not even the world championship or world cup medals the sisters have won.
“It’s about standing at the top of the mountain, with the clarity and energy that comes from knowing the competition is only about you and the mountain.”
No wonder all three sisters have succeeded in becoming Olympic teammates.
Kudos to the entire Dufour- Lapointe family. You are truly inspirational.