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Olympics, Day 2: Dufour-Lapointe sisters win gold, silver for Canada in Sochi moguls

Justine (left) and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won gold and silver medals for Canada in Sochi
Justine (left) and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won gold and silver medals for Canada in Sochi's moguls competition on Saturday.
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Montreal sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won gold and silver, respectively, in Sochi's mogul competition, bringing Canada's medal count to three after just one day of competition.

The duo were the in the final three to ride in the mountain showdown, with eventual bronze medalist Hannah Kearney hitting the slops last. Kearney, an American, won gold in Vancouver in 2010, defeating Canadian silver medalist Jennifer Heil.

"It's awesome being the first gold medal (winner) for Canada," Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Saturday's 19-year-old gold medalist, said after (The Star). "It's great and I will embrace that moment forever.

"I saw Chloe and I took her hand... We'll live that moment together."

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VIDEO: Justine Dufour-Lapointe Wins Moguls Gold in Sochi, 2014

VIDEO: Chloe Dufour-Lapointe Wins Moguls Silver in Sochi, 2014

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A third Dufour-Lapointe sister, 25-year-old Maxime, also skied in the moguls on Saturday and finished 12th. Quebec skier Audrey Robichaud also reached the moguls final, but failed to medal.

"We are so proud to represent Canada," 22-year-old Chloe said. "To be the Dufour-Lapointe sisters at the Olympics was a challenge that we accomplished."

Chloe Dufour-Lapointe finished fifth in Vancouver's moguls competition, in 2010.

Owning the Podium, So Far

Through one day of competition, Canada sits tied with the Netherlands with three total medals, both countries one behind Norway at four. The United States has two, with Kearney's bronze and snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg's gold in Slopestyle.

Canada's other medal came in the Olympics's first medal dispensing competition, the Slopestyle, in the form of Mark McMorris's bronze.

VIDEO: Slopesyle Snowboard Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenburg Living a Dream

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