So much has happened since Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe snared gold and silver in the women’s moguls competition, with the usual dramatic emotional highs and heartbreaking lows that are part of every Olympics. But Q’s Jian Ghomeshi finally caught up with the sisters on Friday, and the interview with Justine and Chloe was just so lovely, I couldn’t resist sharing it. Even after all the interviews they had done before, the two sisters still managed to sound refreshing and completely open. There doesn’t appear to be a cynical bone in their bodies. You just kinda end up smiling at everything they say.  I dare you to try to resist their charm. I certainly couldn’t.

Anyway, here’s the interview, with its many enchanting moments. This might be a bit longer than the version I heard on radio…Just sit back and listen.

Now about Denny Morrison, Charles Hamelin, Patrick Chan, and those multi-fourth place lugers…..coming soon to a blog posting near you.



  1. You dared me to resist the charm of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters. I tried but of course I couldn’t. They are wonderful kids, 19 and 22.
    That’s the thing about the Olympic franchise that cities and countries buy into at great expense. (And I mean great expense.) There’s all the corporate commercialism and corruption. Athletic competitions sponsored by purveyors of caramel flavoured sugar water and fat-flavoured French fries, for goodness sakes. Cheezy opening ceremonies. Horrendous waste of resources in the race to build facilities. A parade of lies to the public (“The Olympics can no more lose money than a man can have a baby.”) Judging scandals. Worse of all, the boosting of dictatorial regimes.
    With the Olympics only a bit more than halfway done, I admit I am getting rather with sleds whooshing down that sliding run. (Will they make turn 7? Whoosh, they did—or didn’t.) Will the woman in that ridiculous costume land on her feet, or stumble? Will they complete the sow-cow (Whatever that is.) Will the slope skier form a proper cross with his skis while he’s upside down for a fraction of an instant? And curling, do I have to mention curling?
    We’re supposed to be worked up about hockey, but all I see is a bunch of all-star NHL teams sorted out by nationality. I care (a little) whether Kesler makes goals for the Canucks, but all-star games have always seemed artificial to me. The medal count? The Netherlands has been leading, every one of their medals in speed skating. Big deal.
    And yet—when when the “Olympic spirit” is shown by a Canadian ski coach helping out a cross country Russian skier, or when Hudson Bay gave me a nice blue overcoat as I volunteered at the 2010 Olympics
    –my cynicism in the about the Olympics can melt away. That happens too when I hear these beautiful athletes interviewed by Ghomeshi. Not all the cynicism, mind you, but a lot of it. That’s magic those sports Olympic bureaucrats in Geneva discovered long ago.

  2. Very well said, Neale. That’s the thing with the Olympics, amid all the crummy stuff and endless shots of sleds on tracks, there’s always magic, somewhere. And Vancouver remains a blueprint for how it’s done. Actually, London, from all accounts, was pretty good, too. So it can be done.

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