Sports Dufour-Lapointe sisters say mother had cancer

07:50  19 january  2018
07:50  19 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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Justine Dufour - Lapointe claimed stunning Olympic gold and led her sister Chloe Canadian one-two the moguls freestyle skiing the Sochi Games Saturday. Hopes family podium sweep had disappeared when the third sibling, Maxime, went out after the second run the final but her sisters would not

And the Dufour - Lapointe sisters from Montreal couldn’t imagine racing moguls without each other. “I think it wouldn’t be the same experience if didn’t have my sisters behind me and with me during the Olympic Games,” Justine says .

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MONT-TREMBLANT, Que. - The Dufour-Lapointe sisters have been hiding a secret for nearly a year — their mother has been battling cancer.

"Last winter, we learned that our mother had cancer and that has affected us whether we wanted it to or not," Chloe Dufour-Lapointe said Thursday. "It changes your life. It knocks you over."

The three mogul skiers didn't want to go into details about the nature of the illness, but said that their mother, 57-year-old Johane Dufour-Lapointe, has been in remission since August.

They didn't want to use it as a excuse for their disappointing performances on the World Cup circuit this season.

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It didn’t take long for the Dufour - Lapointe sisters to learn that Olympic success can be a life-changing experience. "It's cool, but we didn't expect this," Johanne Dufour, the mother of the sisters , said of all the attention.

Related: Dufour - Lapointe sisters back in Canada, still riding post-Olympic high. Of course, it would have to get past Johane Dufour, the girls’ mother and manager, and their steadfast dad Yves Lapointe.

Reigning Olympic champion Justine sits seventh in World Cup standings, while 2014 silver medallist Chloe is 16th and the eldest sister, 28-year-old Maxine, is 37th. With those results, the chances of all three making the Canadian team for the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are slim.

But they wanted to make it public ahead of a World Cup meet this weekend so they can put it out of their minds going into the Olympics.

"We wanted to share it with people because it weighed on us and we want to go to the Olympics feeling free," said Chloe, 26. "We feel good now and we're working hard to get back that fire in the belly."

"It was also important to talk about it here, at Mont-Tremblant, because we're at home, in front of our family and friends," said Maxine Dufour-Lapointe. "We want to make a new start before going to the Games."

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The Canadian Dufour - Lapointe sisters — Chloé But it seems Johane has imparted a perspective-giving philosophy on that. As Maxime said in an These Kids Were Asked To Draw Their Mothers As Superheroes. Royal Weddings Have Very Specific Etiquette Requirements They Must Meet.

When they learned their mother was in remission, the sisters gave her a pearl bracelet, because they knew she loved pearls.

Johane Dufour-Lapointe was wearing pearl earrings at the resort on Thursday, telling all who wanted to hear that the support of her husband Yves and her three daughters played a key role in beating the disease.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe said the holiday season was especially emotional.

"We were exactly where we needed to be — together as a family," she said. "We raised a glass of champagne to our health, that's for sure."

Justine said the sisters are ready to display their true colours this weekend.

"Count on it, we're going to put on a show," she said.

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