When she fell to complete her last round at the Beijing Olympics, Justine Dufour-Lapointe quickly thought of little girls despite the feelings.
“Young girls at home watched me and saw me complete. […] “Life is not always easy,” she said, “but you have to get up.”
Tuesday in Montreal, she once again demonstrated that the fate of teenage girls is very important to her by going to Maisonneuve Park as part of the FitSpirit festivities. About 3,300 teenage girls gathered there to run and meet the gold medalist of the 2014 Sochi Games.
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The free skater acts as a godmother for the organization, a role she takes very seriously.
“Sure! Dufour La Pointe explained that it is a responsibility very close to my heart. I know how sport has changed my life and who I am today. I am so grateful for that.” [mon but est] To inspire and influence young people – especially girls of course – to push their limits and achieve their dreams, whether it’s athletic or academic.”
Not just medals
Dufour Lapointe also spoke before the consecutive start of the 10km race and the nine 5km waves. I got ready with the participants and distributed the medals. But the Olympian’s tone of voice changed when it came time to talk about those medals. They were very secondary in his eyes.
“I, what I have realized is that with FitSpirit, the goal is to get young girls to exercise without judgment or competition. It is only for the purpose of having fun and beautiful experiences. And then perhaps including sports in their long-term lifestyle habits,” explained the athlete, who could not describe The mission of the organization more precisely.
Sports are known to feature prominently in the daily life of the Dufour-Lapointe family. His sisters Chloe and Maxime also excelled in figure skating, as they represented Canada at the Olympics.
Growing up an active lifestyle, the youngest also noted that her relationship with FitSpirit goes back well beyond her three years as event sponsor. She had participated in a surfing event with her father in 2008.
But what really drove Quebec to never give up was having her sister by her side.
“My sisters, it was like my busy activity! They were the ones who pushed and motivated me on the days when I didn’t feel like training. That’s it, FitSpirit; is to create a movement in which they can motivate themselves in a healthy context. There is no pressure and allows them to establish a good relationship with Sports.
“What I realize is that the sport is a part of me now, but because I’ve been doing it since I was little,” she added.
Justin Dufour-Lapointe in Reflection
For the first time in her career as a freestyle skater, Justin Dufour-Lapointe has no plan for the next Olympics.
More than three months after her ordeal at the Beijing Olympics, the 28-year-old made it clear that she was still absorbing everything that had happened.
“Honestly, it takes time to let go of those feelings,” she argued on Tuesday. “People say, ‘It’s been two or three months, we have to move on.'” But for us athletes, we’ve warmed up for four years. I admit I’m coming off quietly, at my own pace.
This was her third appearance in this quadrennial group of winter sports, after her golden touchdown in Sochi, in 2014, and a silver appearance, four years later in Pyeongchang. At the moment, she does not know if she will try to participate for the fourth time.
“It makes me feel good right now that I don’t have a game plan for the rest of things!” I wondered.
However, she is well aware that she will have to make a decision soon, to prepare for her next season if she decides to continue her career.
“Nothing is certain at the moment. I haven’t made up my mind yet. By the end of the summer, I should have an idea.”