MEET THE DUFOUR-LAPOINTE SISTERS
It’s a foggy morning by the water. Some glimmers of light still make their way through the clouds and are reflected into the river. Our team is getting ready to welcome the Dufour-Lapointe sisters. We’re excited to meet these amazing freestyle skiers that we’ve been following with pride since their first Olympic Games in Sotchi. The three of them arrive together. They’re united, but they’re ready to let us enter into their universe!
We have a beautiful shooting day ahead. It’s pretty different from your athlete's life, but we know it’s something you really enjoy. What makes fashion attractive to you?
Justine: I suppose it goes back to our childhood. For Christmas or even the annual school photo, our family would put efforts into our outfits. Today, for special occasions, we still enjoy buying a new dress and making sure we look our best. Our desire to be proud is part of who we are.
Maxime: We have different tastes, but the three of us are attracted by ‘’beauty’’. We’ve travelled around the world and we’ve seen many cultures and styles. It’s so fascinating! We’re always curious to discover new things and to use them to create original looks.
You’ve launched your first jewelry piece: the ‘’sisters’’ necklace, which we can pre-order on your website dufourlapointe.com. Tell us a bit about your creation.
Justine: It all began when we decided to launch our own website. We needed a logo that represented the three of us, and that’s not as easy as you might think. I like modern designs, Chloé prefers a romantic touch, and Maxime also has her preferences. To decide, we asked ourselves what’s specific about us. From that moment, it became clear that we needed a triangle. Our mother always told us that when we stick together, we form a triangle and that no one can take down such a strong figure. That’s why our logo features three distinctive pyramids, harmoniously united by their centre. We were so happy with the result that we wanted it to be more than just a logo. Chloé had the idea to make a necklace and we decided to offer it in three colours to represent the different medals.
Can we expect that there will be other items in your collection?
Chloé: Of course! We like to wear many jewels that fit well together, so you can expect a whole collection. We would also like to design clothes. What we know for sure is that each of our creations will have a story of its own. We put our heart and passion into everything we do. The best ideas come from the heart.
Maxime: Our common dream is that the Dufour-Lapointe sisters continue to live, work and grow together beyond sport. This project is the proof that it’s possible!
Who is your necklace for?
Justine: We really believe in the importance of support between girls/women. There is no age to wear our necklace. It’s for women who share our values. In my family, we support each other a lot. We believe that unity is strength.
Maxime: What’s really great is that people can leave a comment with their order. Many women tell us that they bought a necklace for themselves, but also for their daughters, sisters and friends!
You all have really different styles. Which piece of clothing represents your respective style and personality?
Justine: I’d say the perfecto. It represents my rebellious side. And I would add a bit of bling on the zipper!
Chloé: I’d go for a flowery romantic dress with a bit of lace. Something boho chic!
Maxime: I’m definitely a pair of jeans. Lately, I’ve been wearing a lot of high waists. My style is classic, but always with a modern touch. I also have a boyish side!
How many hours do you dedicate to training each week?
Chloé: It’s hard to quantify. At the moment, our schedule is very different from usual. Generally everything is organized according to our sports activities. We ski, we go to the gym, we hike and we jump on the trampoline, but we also have appointments with the physio, the massage therapist, etc. We also need to go to bed early, to eat well and to make sure that we have enough time to digest before working out. It requires a lot of organization!
So your friends know they can’t show up unannounced to have a drink with you?
Chloé: Yes! We started competing at a young age. Growing up, we soon realized who were our real friends, because we don’t have the same lifestyle as them. We’ve been back for three weeks now and I only had time to see one friend.
Justine: We don’t have hundreds of friends, but we have really good ones and we know that we’ll keep them forever. My two sisters are also my best friends, so I never feel lonely!
During summer, where do you go skiing?
Maxime: We travel a lot. In May and June we usually go to Whistler, in July we ski in France, in August we go to Australia since it’s winter there, in October we travel to Zermatt in Switzerland and after we come back here. Usually, in November, it starts to snow so we have a training camp in Saint-Sauveur. From December to March, we’re competing. Our first ski race is in Finland.
When it comes to sport, we speak a lot about physical training. However, the mental preparation is as important… if not more. What do you do to make sure you’re psychologically on top to perform?
Justine: We consult sports psychologists who help us to be more conscious of our thoughts. Therefore, if I realize that I’m thinking about the last time I failed, I can bring my mind into the present moment.
Chloé: The human brain has a tendency to think about negative stuff, so we need to take control. We develop tools that help us to change the way we think.
When you’re not in a competitive sport environment, do you also use these tools?
Maxime: Definitely. They help us learn to know ourselves better. My reaction to stress isn’t the same as Justine's or Chloé’s. When we understand our reactions, we can find a better way to react. However, it still takes a lot of practice because it’s not natural. But it really works! Now that we’re starting our business, we face the same kind of challenges, like perseverance, teamwork and communication.
You workout together, but you compete solo. Is it weird to be teammates and rivals at the same time?
Justine: It’s always been like that, so for us, it’s normal! It has a really positive impact. If I don’t feel good or lack energy, seeing that my two sisters are not giving up is a huge motivation factor. It pushes us to outdo ourselves!
Maxime: Regarding the fact that we compete against each other, our mother always told us that we should compete with ourselves, not others. If someone does better than you, there’s nothing you can do about it. We have to focus on what we can control and accept our strengths and weaknesses. Yes, we can work on our weaknesses, but I think we mostly learn to deal with them. I put all my energy on my strengths and with time, I feel like my weaknesses aren’t so important after all.
Getting kids to be physically active can be a big challenge! We know that every winter, you organize a ski camp in Saint-Sauveur. Why is it so important to you?
Justine: We’ve been offering this camp for seven years now. We ski during the whole day with young moguls skiers. Last year, we welcomed 75 young girls between the ages of 6 to 15!
Chloé: We can’t always see the impact we have on these young girls, but their coaches notice that when we say something, even if they’ve said it 150 times before, they finally get it!
What’s the one thing you can’t do?
Maxime: We really can’t sing. And I can’t dance.
Justine: Her feet and her upper body are disconnected. She’s out of sync!
Chloé: You must know that Justine is overly critical. It’s not that bad!
If people could see the way you criticize each other, do you think they would find you very outspoken and direct towards each other?
Maxime: Definitely! It’s one of the advantages of being sisters. We’re not afraid to tell the truth. It can be hard, but it’s a privilege to have people who can challenge you. It makes us learn and grow. As we get older, we become better at saying those things.
If you had to go to the Olympics in another discipline, what would it be?
Chloé: I would play beach volleyball! But I’m too small.
Justine: I would also choose a summer sport. It would change from the snow. Trampoline, I think!
Maxime: Equestrianism. When I was young, I took horseback riding classes and the instructor told my parents that I would go really far and so they should be ready to spend a lot of money. Instead, they had to deal with three high-level athletes! (LAUGH)
The day flew by without us noticing. We’re totally under the spell of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters and we wish we were part of their trio! We’re truly inspired by their authenticity, unity and strong but simple confidence.
PHOTOGRAPHER: BRIAN YPPERCIEL
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER: SASHA CODERRE
HAIR ARTIST: LILIANE SAAD
MUA: CATHERINE LAVOIE
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