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Even though she has managed only two podiums this season, Justine Dufour-Lapointe said she was satisfied with his sixth position in the general ranking of the world Cup.
It may be more the teenager a little reckless she was 16 years old, but the veteran’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe has stated that it had several new experiences destabilizing this season on the circuit the world Cup freestyle skiing. The challenges she has overcome with flying colors.
“I had to live full of new chapters, new moments ; things that I had never had the chance to live,” said in a telephone interview Wednesday, the athlete will celebrate its 25th anniversary on march 25.
Even though she has managed only two podiums this season — a bronze in Mont-Tremblant in January and in Kazakhstan a few days ago, the Quebec delegation was satisfied with his sixth position in the general ranking of the world Cup. She also took fifth place in the individual event at the world Championships in Deer Valley.
“I started the season with an injury to a shoulder, a situation that I had ever experienced. But I went over it, and I realized that once you manage to do it, then there is nothing to stop you. In addition, I had to learn to do that in competition my new jump, the “Cork 720” — jump out of alignment with two twists full, and it made me very proud. It was really a season full of emotions. I am extremely proud to have been able to push my limits and me be out of my “booties” throughout the season. It is a whole other chapter which now opens before me. “
Even if four of the five bosseuses who have moved up the general classification are younger, Justine Dufour-Lapointe ensures that she does not feel the weight of years. It also carry a load next year against its main opponents — Perrine Laffont, Jaelin Kauf, Jakara Anthony and Yulia Galysheva, to name a few — always using his “Cork 720”.
“I want to use all of the competitions. After the World, I managed to do it in Japan and Kazakhstan, and this is where I said to myself : “O. K., here we go into our routine,” she confided. Then, the next step, it will be of use in the tests in parallel. “
The youngest of the sisters Dufour-Lapointe has also admitted that she had had to adapt to the new structure of moguls Canada, after Michel Hamelin, who led until the last year of the program, senior female, had agreed to oversee the program as senior men.
“There has been great changes, great upheavals at the level of the staff. This was not very secure at the start, but we were able to adjust, and today the system works well. With the benefit of hindsight, I see that it is very pleasant to work with boys — especially when one compliments me on my “Cork”, ” -t-it abstract, laughing.
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe contemplates retirement
On the other hand, the elder sister of Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloé, has not hidden these last few days that she thought to hang up his skis. She would imitate her sister Maxime, who retired last year. The main concerned, that is 27-year-old assures, however, that nothing is cast in stone — for the moment.
“I talked about it, because I have several options in front of me, but I’ll take the time to rest before making my decision, said the one whose second passion is fashion. In the beginning of the season, I was leaning more towards it [the pension], but today I still want it, I want to do. This being said, if I want to do another olympic cycle, there are still three years ahead of me, and I don’t want to get the OJ out of breath. It is therefore important for me to take the time to think about it. “
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe has not climbed the world Cup podium since January 28, 2017, and it has been rejected in the past two campaigns. Thus, his 10th place in the overall standings of the world Cup in 2018 had been shaken, she said, but she has bounced back strong this season she has finished seventh in the cumulative (2019) — and is now reluctant to officially pull the ” plogue “.
One thing is certain, in the event of the retirement of Chloé, and Justine Dufour-Lapointe acknowledged that she felt a huge void in her life as an athlete.
“We went yesterday, so we’re not even sitting together with our coaches to map out the next season. But the decision belongs to him, and regardless, it is necessary that she thinks about it.
“But I would have difficulty to imagine myself alone on the circuit. I’ve always had my two big sisters next to me, so already lose this season, it has created a big hole. I lived so much of beautiful travel, wonderful experiences, like going to Japan and visit Disneyland. These are moments so significant. Therefore, it is certain that this would never be the same. “
The sisters Dufour-Lapointe, are still unaware whether they will participate in the canadian Championships in Val St-Côme on march 23 and 24, even if they will be there to meet young athletes. They will later a few weeks of rest this spring.