“My parents thought it would be cool to get my brother and me into moguls.” —Audrey Robichaud, who finished 10th in ladies’ moguls at Sochi
Audrey Robichaud loves Japan. Robichaud, a moguls skier who’s spent a decade on Canada’s national team, has good reason to love the other side of the world. She’s won a pair of world cup golds on Japanese slopes, at Inawashiro in 2013 and Naeba in 2012. Robichaud finished third in the world after the 2012 season, and eventually qualified for the Sochi Olympics.
Robichaud’s last name is not Dufour-Lapointe. Her three teammates in Sochi were sisters. Two of them, Justine and Chloe, landed on the podium, and a third, Maxime, finished 12th with grace. The headlining story wrote itself: the family, including parents Yves and Johane, shed tears and smiled and embraced and shed more tears. Their Olympic glory was Canada’s triumph.
Robichaud, 25 years old and the team’s eldest member, nabbed 10th during competition on Feb. 8. She also likes her family. The freestyle team’s website includes quirky biographies for each member. Robichaud pays tribute to her folks. “Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she wrote. The Quebec City-born moguler also resents selfish people and bad drivers, would be a veterinarian if she weren’t on her skis, and loves MC Hammer pants. Her chosen mantra is, appropriately, “YOLO,” the live-in-the-moment truism that defines a generation.
On Feb. 9, her responsibilities lapsed, Robichaud left the Olympic bubble, that invisible vale between competing athletes and the millions of people watching the spectacle. She was happy. “I’m feeling it now! The Olympic spirit is everywhere!” she tweeted.
Canada sent 221 athletes, Robichaud among them, to Sochi. Many will win medals. Many will not. The latter group will miss the spotlight, but probably be too busy thinking about their teammates—and their next competition—to care. YOLO, indeed.
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