Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Canadian sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s moguls event Saturday at Sochi.
The younger sister, 19-year-old Justine, scored 22.44 as the 22-year-old Chloe had 21.66.
American Hannah Kearney, the 2010 gold medallist in Vancouver, stumbled at the start of her run and settled for bronze with a score of 21.49.
Justine was watching at the bottom of the hill when Kearney committed the error and soon realized she had given Canada its first gold medal of these Olympics.
“Chloe looked at me, and I buried my head in my hands,” Justine said. “It was crazy. I waited until the end to look up and see the score, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. It really happened, I’m the Olympic champion!”
A tearful Kearney said she felt she let herself down.
“I wanted that gold medal and I skied for it. But I made a huge mistake and you don’t win the Olympics when you have a huge mistake in your run,” she lamented.
A third sister, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, finished 12th.