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Justine, Chloé and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe became Canadian heroes when the freestyle mogul skiing sisters took home two medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics (Justine gold, Chloé silver).
When someone photoshopped Quebec's fleur de lis in place of the Canada flags that were on the mittens Justine and Chloé wore in a promo photo, they found themselves in the middle of political controversy.
The sisters explained to George how they felt about being pulled into Quebec's separatist debates.
George: Somebody photoshopped in that photo. And that became a huge controversy, obviously, because Canada is weird about that sort of thing. But what did you make of it when you saw this?
Maxime: We were surprised, for sure. We are from Montreal. We are from Quebec. We are also from Canada. We understand the controversy, but I think the Olympics is more about the athletes and the performance and this is what we want people to remember us for — how we skied and the person we are.
Justine: Representing the country, as well.
Chloé: At the Olympics.
Justine: You're not Montreal, or you're not from Toronto when you go to the Games. You're from Canada and nobody can take that off of you and I think that's the main subject. You just got there, show the world who we are, but representing our country. We're just simple, and people make some...
Maxime: It's not about politics. It's not the time for it. There's a time for it, but that's about the athletes. I think one of the beauty that I liked the most from the Olympics is that it unites people, no matter who you are or where you're from, everybody is cheering for athletes and going nuts for it. It's a beautiful thing and that's just what we want to carry.
The Dufour-Lapointe sisters' interview with George airs Friday, March 28 at 11:30 pm on CBC.