How I Made It

Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, Freestyle Mogul Skier

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Fitness and Sport-Chloe Dufour Lapointe

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Chloé Dufour-Lapointe; Montreal; @chloedufourlapointe

Let’s say we’ve just met at a cocktail party. How would you describe, in a nutshell, what you do?

I would say that I’m an Olympic athlete and I’m really passionate about my sport. Also, I’m really into fashion and that’s part of why I love the travel part of my sport—I get to look for unique pieces.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I went to College d’Anjou for high school and then I did some basics course with CEGEP by correspondence. Right now, I put all my energy toward my skiing and the opportunities that I get from that! [It’s a family affair: Chloe’s sisters, Maxime and Justine, are also freestyle mogul skiers.]

What was your first paying gig out of school? (In your field, or not.)

My first paying gig was when I received my first sport bursary.

What was your BIG break? How did you land it?

I knew I wanted to be on a world stage competition when I saw Jennifer Heil at a World Cup event in Mont-Tremblant. She did a 360 mute and I was like, This is what I want to do!

Describe the moment in which you first realized, I think this is actually going to work out?

When I arrived on the Québec ski team, I knew I was getting closer to my goal. I continued to work hard to develop a better technique and to push myself on training. It’s funny because right now, it is so clear how I arrived where I am today. But I know that when I was 14, it wasn’t that clear.

What would you say has been your biggest failure or shortcoming, career-wise, to date? How did you bounce back?

I think one thing that was hard for me was having to switch my coaching team after Sochi. I was not prepared for that. I was still on my cloud after the Olympics and I couldn’t imagine myself having to build a new relationship with a new coach. But today, I think this is one of the best things that could have happened to me. It allowed me to get even better and mature in my sport.

Name one piece of career advice you always give.

I am a “guts feeling” girl, so for those who are like me, always trust your inner voice and go for your goals with all the energy you’ve got! If you feel you’re maxed out, take a break and come back stronger.

What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever gotten?

I’ve never received any.

Did you deal with barriers in your field because you are a woman? If so, what were they?

I don’t see any issues in my sport for women. I’m inspired by how the boys ski!

Are you making a fair income for your work? Why or why not? Do you have a side hustle for extra cash? If so, what is it?

I’m an amateur, but I do have sponsors that believe in my dream and are willing to help me reach the gold.

What’s the worst stereotype you’ve heard about millennials at work?

I think that millennials can be hard workers, and be really inspired and passionate in what they do.

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