Chloé Dufour-Lapointe returned on Monday from the training camp of the Canadian freestyle ski team in Switzerland, refreshed, revamped, also convinced that she is making the right decision to continue her career until the Olympic Games in Beijing , in 2022.
“I want to have fun and participate in the next Games,” said the 28-year-old, who is aiming for a fourth Olympic appearance in the moguls.
In Zermatt, Switzerland, she got her skis back for the first time in over six months. It was a return to the snowy slopes, a contact with the mountains, but also with his new trainer Freddy Mooney.
“Before, I worked mostly with Michel Hamelin and I still get on well with Michel, but I needed a change. I needed to hear new words, she says. With Freddy, it gives a new flame to my ski. I’m happy, I opened a new chapter. “
A new flame, a bit like the one she could see in the Olympic cauldron, in China, in less than 16 months.
The COVID-19 pandemic is inevitably causing a period of uncertainty for many athletes. However, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe took the opportunity to proceed with a retrospection, or even an introspection.
“It’s funny to say, but it did me good, COVID, says the one who must currently respect a quarantine of 14 days. I needed to clear things up and the challenge is to have the time to do it. Whether I like it or not, my results have not been satisfactory in the past two years and it was necessary for me to stop and ask myself what I want. It was a good time for me to fall in love with my sport again. ”
The next season of the World Cup circuit is set to take off December 4-6 in Ruka, Finland. The first goal for Chloe is logically to stay healthy, then the ultimate goal is to continue on her way to reach her destination: the Beijing Games.
Almost 30 years …
Regarding her first three Olympic Games, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe first obtained, at 18, a fifth place in Vancouver, in 2010. She then won a silver medal in Sochi, in 2014, ahead only by her little one. sister Justine. In 2018, in Pyeongchang, she could not do better than 17th.
“I’m still going to be 30 years old at the 2022 Olympic Games,” said the athlete, who dreams of a new Olympic medal. After that, it’s probably another chapter in my life that I will have to open. ”