Bruce Arthur: Dufour-Lapointe sisters balance competition and family
When the first baby girl with the hazel eyes arrived, Yves Lapointe and Johane Dufour thought about their friends who already had children. Babies grow up so fast, they thought; this will vanish so fast. So Yves and Johane made a choice. They talk a lot about choices.
“We said, we have to do everything to spend more time with our kids,” said Johane, looking across the room at her three daughters, surrounded by cameras and lights. “Because tomorrow they will be women. So that’s why we made those choices. To watch every single moment that they have success or pain. We want to be there.”
They had two more daughters — one with deep brown eyes, then one whose eyes are pale blue-green. They were all different, but so similar, and Sunday at the Sochi Olympics the Dufour-Lapointes gathered to bask in their extraordinary day, and their extraordinary lives. Justine, 19, won gold in the women’s moguls; her sister Chloé, 22, won the silver; Maxime, the one who blazed the trail for her younger sisters, finished 12th. And Canada’s newest Olympic royal family sat side by side taking turns crying, or making one another cry. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)