MISE À DAY
Freestyle skier Chloé Dufour-Lapointe announced her retirement from competition on Wednesday, ending a career marked by numerous international successes.
The 2014 Sochi Olympics silver medalist and 2015-16 Crystal Globe winner says she's ready to begin a new phase after some rocky performances in recent years.
Nevertheless, her record is eloquent to say the least, especially since she ended up on the World Cup podium on 27 occasions.
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“It's a sport where there are a lot of impacts and when I showed up on the track, I started to feel it in my preparation, when I arrived on the track. At 30, of course, I have less flexibility than at 25, […] but I also want to open a new chapter in my life. In the World Cup, we traveled a lot and we were away from home. I wanted to be closer to my loved ones,” she commented in an interview with LCN.
“I don’t know how much I want a normal life. I love adrenaline and being able to get up in the morning to accomplish something,” she added.
When asked what was the most memorable moment of his journey sporty, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe put a personal touch.
“It is to have lived my career as a family, with my sisters [Justine and Maxime]. The moments when the three of us found ourselves together in Sochi in 2014 was an incredible experience, as well as the podium at three. It's hard to identify a single event, my career has been tinged with so many great moments,” she replied.
The Montrealer will have taken part in 186 FIS (Fédération international ski competition), including 127 individual events in moguls, unheard of for a Canadian freestyle skier.
In the World Cup, her counter stopped at 142, which puts her tied with Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau for the most starts in the circuit.
In addition, she totaled 14 World Championships, winning silver in 2011 and gold in 2013 in dual moguls.
“Throughout her illustrious career, Chloe has defined herself as a fierce competitor who came to life in competition,” said Freestyle Canada General Manager Peter Judge in a statement. In 2011, at just 19, she burst onto the world stage with a tenacious effort, winning her first World Championship medal. With this feat, Chloe proved she could rise to the challenge on the biggest of stages, while demonstrating how she would define herself as a competitor for the rest of her career.”
The four-time Olympics participant will continue her studies in fashion management and design at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and various projects, including Tissées Serrées, a winter clothing company she founded alongside her sisters.