Freestyle Skiing | Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Question Time

Justine Dufour-Lapointe shines. A little over three months after her disappointment at the Olympics, the 28-year-old skier is reflecting on the rest of her career. “I take time for myself to see what I want to do, how I’m feeling,” she says.

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Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
The press

The Montreal native beamed Tuesday morning as she arrived for the big FitSpirit celebration at Montreal’s Maisonneuve Park. As a sponsor of the organization, she came to meet and, above all, to encourage the 2,000 teenage girls who had come to try different sports in a friendly, non-pressure and non-judgmental environment.

The last meeting of The press with the February 6 skier at the Beijing Games. The athlete had just had a pretty bad fall in the Olympic final, a heartbreaking result after four long years of work. “My heart is in pieces, but I have no regrets,” she told the media at the time.

Three months later, disappointment gave way to acceptance.

“You have to accept, live with it,” she suggests. I don’t want to leave a bitter taste in my mouth because the work I put into it is the same no matter what the outcome of those games. I want to remember that. »

My therapy consists of talking about it. It needs to be talked about because it happens to everyone to have mistakes, to fall.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe

It is often said that after failure it is important to get back up. That’s what the youngest of the famous siblings did. After her fall, she finished her descent before greeting the Quebecers by addressing the camera, a smile on her face despite everything. Then she allowed herself to let go of her pain in her sisters arms. A moving scene.

“I am very proud of the way [dont j’ai géré] all of that,” she says. That’s what excites me a bit about all of this, that there’s so much beauty out there. I’m happy to share it, give conferences, talk about it. It feels good. I’m aware. The more I talk about it, the better I feel. I don’t have to hide under a rock. I’m not ashamed of what I’ve done.

“If I can help other people overcome difficulties, at least I have,” she adds.

In reflection

After the Games, Justine Dufour-Lapointe competed in a final World Cup in Megève, France, where she placed 5thand Rank.

“It hasn’t stopped since then,” she says, smiling. Let’s assume that the activities are not missing. In addition to skiing in the French Alps and Colorado, she has vacationed with her family in the Bahamas.

“It takes time to come down from the games,” she said. We think it was just the games three months ago, but no. It’s four years for us. We’ve only been doing this for four years. We only saw that in our soup. It’s over overnight. »

Now is the time for reflections. Ask “The Big Questions”. To decide what comes next. Will she embark on another season and another Olympic cycle, or will she bid farewell to competition? Keep in mind that her sister Maxime retired a few years ago, while Chloé attended her last games in February.

“I’m still a little bit in that zone, that buffer zone, that gray area where I ask myself questions,” explains Justine Dufour-Lapointe. […] It’s knowing what I want to do with these next few years. These are big decisions that are not to be taken lightly. Here I am.

“I’ll tell you all this one day when it’s clearer in my head. It’s not there! She closes with a laugh.

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