Like a good wine, the Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe seemed to get better with time throughout the final day of the women's Olympic freestyle skiing moguls on Feb. 8 at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Justine won Canada's first gold medal and Chloe won Canada's first silver medal in a touching moment Saturday night in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. They both got better with each run on the final day.
It may be somewhat bittersweet as their oldest sister Maxine failed to qualify for the Final 6 and missed the dream scenario to see all three sisters medal. Along with Canadian Audrey Robichaud, Maxine made the Final 12 along with her two younger sisters, but did not have one of the Top 6 scores to advance to the Super Final.
However, the Canadians were impressive with four in the Top 12 - Robichaud finished 10th, Maxine was 12th.
Justine, 19, the youngest of the three sisters, won gold with an impressive score of 21.66 in the Super Final, finishing with 74.80% of the possible points. She earned the score with a great 360-degree jump and then a solid second jump, attacking the icy course with determination to post a relatively fast time of 31.56. Time counts for 25 percent of the score.
Her 22-year-old sister Chloe won silver with a score of 21.66 (72.20%) posting a time of 31.71, landing two clean jumps and improving on her fifth-place showing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. She was coming off her first career World Cup win last month.
Defending champion Hannah Kearney of the U.S., was third at 21.49 (FULL RESULTS).
The Dufour-Lapointe sisters are from Montreal - follow them on Twitter @3_SDL - and grew up skiing in the Laurentians north of Montreal. For Justine and Maxime, 24, this was their first career Olympic Games.
Robichaud came into the Olympics wearing a knee brace after suffering a knee injury in January during competition in Calgary. In a quintessential Canadian moment, she said sorry to photographers and videographers after her second run, spraying them with snow as she tried to slow her momentum.
Another interesting storyline was the impressive showing of 15-year-old Britteny Cox of Austrlia, placing fifth.
On Thursday, all four Canadians advanced to Saturday's Top 20 final round. They first competed in Final 1, a field of 20, with all four advancing to Final 2, a round of 12.
Super-Final (Top 6)
1. Justine Dufour-Lapointe CAN 74.80 22.44
2. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe CAN 72.20 21.66
3. Hannah Kearney USA 21.49 71.63
4. Aiko Uemura JAP 20.66 68.86%
5. Britteny Cox AUS 19.43 64.76%
6. Eliza Outtrim USA 19.37 64.56%
Standings after Final 2 (Top 12 - Top 6 Advance to Super Final)
1. Hanah Kearney USA 73.10%
2. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe CAN 21.70 (72.44%)
3. Justine Dufour-Lapointe CAN 21.64 (72.13%)
10. Audrey Robichaud CAN 20.35 DNQ
12. Maxine Dufour-Lapointe CAN 18.64 DNQ