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The Dufour-Lapointe Sisters, Olympic Skiers Thank Parents For All Their Sacrifice

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Every few years, when the Olympics roll around, I sit and watch in awe. I’m not only impressed by the athletic prowess these men and women show (though that’s obviously pretty damn cool) but also of the athlete’s parents, many of whom spent countless hours schlepping their little future-olympians back and forth between 5am practice and various competitions. These people are awesome and apparently Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, two Canadian sisters both skiing in the Sochi Olympics this year, think so too

The two sister, who have won the hearts of a ton of new fans after they both earned medals for the name event, wept during a new conference earlier today as they spoke of the sacrifices their parents made to ensure their success. According to 22-year-old Chloe, the two medalists, along with their older sister Maxine, who also competed but didn’t place, knew they had to do their best because letting their parents down was just not an option. Chloe went on to say that her parents did everything they could to ensure that they had what they needed to participate in the sport they love so well:

“You would think that it’s not a big deal because it’s a run down the hill. But there are years of training behind it and I just told myself, `You have to be very brave, you have to do what you can.”‘

According to the WPXI article, this heartwarming moment helped to loosen some tension that had been going on between French and English speaking journalists, over which language the answers should be spoken in and where people needed to stand. I guess these minor issues seem silly compared to the weight of the sister’s shining moment and the amount of work their parents must have put in.

The sisters also spoke of the future. Maxine says she plans to compete again and match her sisters, and Justine made mention of her dream of starting a clothing line. The girl’s father, Yves Lapointe, when asked of the sacrifices he had made, said that he wouldn’t “put things that way,” and that it was about making choices on what one wants to do: “Choice is much better.”

I think it’s beautiful that the Lapointe sisters took a moment to thank their parents while in the spotlight. It’s a great reminder of the amount of work and struggle that goes into getting to the Olympics, or gaining any kind of success.

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  • ChopChick

    Holy typographical errors, Batman. Three typos all in the first sentence of the second paragraph? Methinks someone needs to edit.

    • ChopChick

      Also, if it’s plural AND possessive, put the apostrophe after the s.

    • arrow2010

      Agreed. When a person is a writer for a living, they should be judged on these things.

  • Raquel

    oooh, the grammar police are out in full force and didn’t even note the main points of the article…

    • ChopChick

      *the “read before you hit publish” police. Enough typos and articles become difficult to read…this one in particular.

  • Véronique Houde

    Frances! They’re Québécoises :) Not Canadian :P us Quebeckers take issue with that lol. It’s a matter of pride!!

    • chickadee

      When my husband and I visited Quebec, we learned that fact SO QUICKLY…..we spent a week in Montreal and a week in Quebec City. So gorgeous.

    • Eden

      That isn’t true for everyone in Quebec. It really depends on the person and the area. That statement is so politically loaded and It’s very complicated. To say someone is not Canadian is really rude. They haven’t separated from Canada.

    • Véronique Houde

      Where are you from?

    • Eden

      My family is from Saint Boniface, grew up in BC. Went to post secondary in ontario where I live. Work in Quebec City and ontario. So all over Canada. I still find your statement offensive tocorrect an article to say someone is not Canadian is rude. They are proudly wearing a Canadian flag.

    • Véronique Houde

      Well, your family is franco-manitoban (I lived there too and my sister went to primary school in Saint-Boniface), and although you have lived in Quebec City, your experience isn’t that of a native Québécois. Is it rude for Quebeckers, or for canadians that I say that we like being called Quebeckers? Because at the end of the day, no matter what you say, no matter what our passport says, there is a gigantic cultural difference between a Quebecker and an Ontarian, and and Albertan. We’re NOT one in the same. It doesn’t mean that we all want our own country, or that we don’t appreciate the fact of living in canada. I personally don’t know why it offends you so much, seriously. And when our olympic athletes win medals, HELL YEAH we’re proud of them!!!

    • Surly Canuck

      I would agree with Eden. I’m a born and raised Montrealer, and I still consider myself Canadian. But if the term bothers you, the article probably specifies the girls are Canadian because that’s the nationality they are representing at the games.

    • ted3553

      As a fellow Canadian, to me the difference is that you corrected Frances that the girls are Qubecoise, not Canadian. They may be Quebecoise but they are also Canadian and in terms of the Olympics, they represent Canada, not Quebec.

    • Eden

      This is pissing me off I have to say that people who choose to express their strong separatists views like you have make me so angry. Most people in quebec don’t agree or you would have separated. This should be joyful bonding time for all Canadians. We all payed to send these girls to the Olympics.

      When you express your viewpoint like this in an open forum it increases the feeling amongst the rest of Canadian that quebec should separate so they can pay for the programs and specialized treatment they feel they desire. I love the new religious charter it goes to show how much of a racist group québécois can be, only caring for their own kind. You want to identify as a unique society don’t forget the rest of canada is funding you.

    • Véronique Houde

      LOL I’m not separatist ;) Just as much as people from Burlington are proud of their athletes, people from Toronto are proud, we are too. And it has nothing to do with wanting a separate country than to be called Québécois, it’s a cultural fact – just as much as someone from Cicily appreciates being called Cicilian instead of Italian. And I totally agree that the PQ should be ashamed of their charter of values. It’s complete racist bullshit meant to garner votes.

  • SamathaBeamer

    wow its very good sacrifice by the Parents for their Olympic skiers.
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    • Tea

      Evidently spambots now sound like doge.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Such wow.

    • Tea

      Much inform. So value.

    • Jessica

      Very sacrifice

  • CrazyFor Kate

    One memory from Vancouver will stay with me forever. In 2010, Canada won its first Olympic gold on home soil, the skiier Alexandre Bilodeau – I think it was in moguls. They interviewed the entire Bilodeau family afterward, and Alexandre mentioned that his brother, who has cerebral palsy, was a huge inspiration to him and an amazing brother during the long road to the Games. His brother, in turn, went on and on about how great Alexandre was, and you could tell the whole family was overwhelmed. The TV host poured some wine, handed the glass to the brother and asked him to give a toast. The brother said “To Alexandre – and to Canada.” The Bilodeau parents wept, and my god, did Canada weep with them.

  • SusannahJoy

    I just have a hard time thinking “Oh how great!” about parents who “sacrificed” so much to turn their kids into athletic superstars. It’s great for the ones who make it, I guess, as long as you’re cool with your kids hardly having a childhood, but more often than that it seems like it’s just parents forcing their kids to act out their own dreams, and teaches them that being a successful as a person is dependent on being successful at the sport. I know that’s not always the case, but it just seems to be the most common story.