Sochi Olympics' Jocelyn and Monique Lamoureux: 3 Things to Know About the Hockey Twins
Twin sisters and U.S. Olympians Jocelyn and Monique Lamoureux made a huge debut at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games by helping Team USA score Silver. The dynamic duo are back for 2014 and a Gold could very well be on their horizon. Women's Ice Hockey debuted at the Nagano Olympics in 1998, and, ever since then, Team USA has won a medal each and every year. I'll raise a few sticks to that.
So what do you need to know about this dynamic duo? Read on to find out about your new Olympic obsessions.
No Family Feud Here
The North Dakota natives have spent almost all of their lives on the ice and come from a huge hockey family. And the two are wonderfully supportive of one another. In an interview with her alma mater, the University of North Dakota, Monique said, "Whenever people have asked in the past about what my dreams are, I've always answered it with 'our' or 'we' ... All of the dreams I have regarding hockey or other sports has always included my sister."
Ice Is In Their Blood
Jocelyn and Monique find motivation through some friendly familial competition. Their brother Jacques plays hockey for the Air Force Academy; another brother, Pierre-Paul, is a student-assistant coach for the North Dakota hockey team; and yet another brother Mario plays for the North Dakota hockey team. He also was part of Team USA at the 2006 Viking Cup. (What is a Viking Cup!? It sounds epic and amazing. Are there actual Vikings? Do they drink grog? SO MANY QUESTIONS. I digress.) Oh, and their Father Jean-Pierre played hockey for North Dakota for three years.
They Already Have Plenty of Medals
The sisters have already competed together on the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship, where they won Gold. They have also both been on U.S. Women's Select Team for the Four Nations Cup as well as members of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team for the 2008. So needless to say, the Lamoureux sisters have already made their puck-shootin' family quite proud. We can't wait to watch them take on the world's best female ice hockey players at Sochi. Double the Lamoureaux. Double the Power.
Check out the sisters showing off their silver and sweet dance moves with Ellen after the 2010 Winter Games: