It’s conceivable that a Dufour-Lapointe could win gold, silver and bronze in women’s moguls at the Sochi Olympics.
Canada announced the three sisters, Maxime (24), Chloe (22) and Justine (19), as part of its Olympic freestyle skiing team Monday.
It is the fifth time in Olympic history at least three siblings will compete in the same Winter Olympic event together, according to OlympStats.com, the second time in an individual event and first time in an individual event since 1976.
Here is the list of other sets of siblings to compete together:
1960 — Anne-Marie, Marguerite and Therese Leduc (France), Alpine skiing
1976 — Marcos Luis, Martín Tomás and Matias Jose Jerman (Argentina), Cross-country skiing
1980 — Anton, Marian and Peter Stastny (Czechoslovakia), Hockey
1988 — Jorge, Jose, Luis Adrian and Roberto Tames (Mexico), Bobsled
OlympStats points out the Ochoa family from Spain had five siblings compete in the Olympics but not all in the same event or in the same year.
The Dufour-Lapointes could become the first set of siblings to sweep a single Olympic podium. Each Dufour-Lapointe has made at least one podium this season.
Chloe and Justine went one-two in Sunday’s moguls in Val St. Come, Quebec. They rank second, third and fifth behind Olympic champion Hannah Kearney in the World Cup standings, the best indicator of Olympic medal prospects.
Their rank is in inverse order of their age — youngest Justine is No. 2 and oldest Maxime is No. 5. Chloe is the only one with Olympic experience, but when she was named to the Olympic Team in 2010, it brought bittersweet emotions to their mother, Johane.
“Obviously, it hurts. It makes me sad, I can’t hide it,” she told the Montreal Gazette four years ago. “I am so proud of both Maxime and Chloe, whether they are Olympians or not, because of the people they are. But it would really be a dream to one day see three Dufour-Lapointe sisters at the Olympics.”
Like most athletic siblings, they are quite competitive.
“Most of the time one is calling home crying, one is medium happy with her performance and one is really happy,” Johane told the Toronto Star in March. “They are competitors now but they will always be sisters.”
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