It was a banner day for Montrealers on the first official day of competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
The most famous Montreal, and Canadian family in Sochi, the Dufour-Lapointe sisters made history by sweeping the first two spots on the podium with Justine and Chloe winning gold and silver for Canada. It was the first time that two sisters have both medalled for Canada.
Maxime, the third sister finished a disappointing 12th after making it through to the second of three final rounds. While Canada celebrates the two youngest sisters, it is important to think about the oldest of the three. Maxime was a long-shot to medal in these Games, but will no doubt be disappointed personally despite being very happy for her sisters.
Elsewhere at the Extreme Park, Montrealer Sebastien Toutant disappointed after a solid qualifying run in Men’s Slopestyle. Expectations were high for Toutant like they were for the rest of the Slopestyle team. Mark McMorris ended up with the bronze medal and Canada’s only medal in the event.
On the hockey side, Boisbriand’s Charline Labonte made 14 saves in a shutout win against Switzerland. Montrealers Caroline Ouellette, Catherine Ward and Lauriane Rougeau were held off the scoresheet.
Day One Results
Sebastien Toutant, 58.50, 9th
Men’s 5000m (Long Track)
Mathieu Giroux, 6:35.77, 22nd
Women’s Moguls, Medal Round
Justine Dufour-Lapointe, 22.44, GOLD
Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, 21.66, SILVER
Women’s Moguls, Round 2
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, 18.64, 12th
Charline Labonte, 14 saves, shutout win vs Switzerland