SOCHI, RUSSIA - The irony of the 1-2 finish by Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe in Saturday's Olympic women's moguls event was, well, the sisters wouldn't have been on the hill if not for their older sister Maxime, who was the one sister shut out of the medals.
Maxime, who celebrated her 25th birthday on Sunday, wanted to try moguls when the girls where young instead of joining the rest of the family on the downhill slopes. She essentially dragged her sisters into the sport. And now Justine and Chloe are Olympic medallists and Maxime failed to make it to the final.
"Well, for me, yeah, there's a little bit of mixed emotions," said Maxime, when asked about not being able to join her sisters on the medal podium. "But there's nothing I want to change. I was the best prepared I could have been. I gave it my all, I made one small mistake. But I have no regrets. For me, this is only the beginning."
Johane Dufour, the sisters' mom, said she was as proud of Maxime as she was of Justine and Chloe and she knows that her oldest daughter will be okay.
"She's happy for her sisters. She would like to have a medal for sure. But I'm sure inside of her, she's okay with that," said Johane. "Maxime has so many, many qualities. She's a wonderful person. You heard how she expressed herself. I'm not worried about her. I know she has some sadness inside because she knows so much that she could do better than that she did on Saturday. She should easily made the super final. But it's life."