American twins will have some sisterly company at Olympics Sisters Hannah Brandt, left, and Marissa Brandt, pose at their family's home in Vadnais Heights, Minn. The pair will be playing in the upcoming Winter Olympics in women's hockey, Hannah for the U.S. and Marissa for South Korea. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP, File/AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
American twins will have some sisterly company at Olympics
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Just call it a sister thing. Whenever another hockey team has sisters on the rosters, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando take notice.

The U.S. Olympians are twins themselves. Combine that with how few sisters play hockey or reach national teams playing internationally. Then it's easy enough to notice whenever sisters are dressing up for another country.

"It's just cool to see," Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said.

The Lamoureux sisters will have some sisterly company at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Teammate Hannah Brandt's sister, Marissa, plays for the unified Korean women's team. 

Switzerland has two sets of sisters on the roster. They have Nina, Isabel and Monika Waidacher, plus twins Laura and Sara Benz. Canada nearly had its own sister act with Sarah and Amy Potomak. But neither made the Olympic team.

Being sisters definitely can provide an edge in hockey.

"When we get the opportunity to be on the ice together, there's a chemistry that just never goes away." That's according to Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. 

"It's always there. So whenever we have an opportunity to have a couple shifts together or if we're ever put on a unit or line together, it's always there. And we've pushed each other every day whether it's workouts or during on-ice training. It's just that accountability that we've always had growing up."

Women's hockey didn't debut at the Olympics until 1998 in Nagano. But playing hockey simply was something the Lamoureux sisters were bound to do. They were born in Fargo, North Dakota. Their father, Pierre, played. He played for the University of North Dakota. And all four of their brothers played hockey in college. Brother Jacque was a Hobey Baker finalist. That was in 2009 with Air Force.

The Lamoureux sisters played a year in college at Minnesota. That was before switching to North Dakota. They were there for their final three seasons. Their last season was in 2012-13. They have played internationally for the United States since 2006. Both play forward, though Monique also plays defense. Now 28, the sisters credit each other for their long success. It now includes a third Olympic berth.

"That's part of the reason we've pushed ourselves to this level. We have been competing at this level for quite a long time, It is that built-in accountability day-in, day-out even if we're not with the team," Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said.

Monique Lamoureux-Davidson calls it the benefit of having grown up together playing every sport together on the same team. Though they haven't played together on the ice as much as people might think. Coaches have often spread the skill by playing them on separate lines.

"It's just that thing when we're on the ice together, we have that undeniable chemistry," she said.

And the American sisters definitely have an Olympic edge. They have won silver medals in both 2010 and 2014. Jocelyne has 11 points in 10 Olympic games, while Monique has 13 points in the same span. The U.S. women's team is chasing the gold medal that eluded the Americans in Sochi. The United States blew a 2-0 lead to Canada in the final at those Games.

For Monique, she's chasing simple fulfillment.

"The last four years we've been kind of chasing down this dream of being Olympic champions, and nearly every single day your day is scheduled around being the best athlete you can be," she said, "and you change up your plans, you do everything you can to be the best athlete, best leader, best team you can be."

Jocelyne can't wait for the opportunity to represent the United States once again in the Olympics with pride. Emotion bubbles up whenever she thinks of the Winter Games. It's what the sisters have been working for most of their lives. And there's one ultimate goal.

"It's gold," Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said. "We've come up short the last two Olympics and our ultimate goal is just to play our best. If we can do that, we truly believe we can come out on top."

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COMMENTS (32)
  • calebr-orv
    2/14/2018 - 02:46 p.m.

    I don't think I will ever make it to the olympics nor my siblings but that would be a cool time.

  • OwenO-dan
    2/15/2018 - 12:20 p.m.

    It is about twins who played in the olympics.I think it is inpresive that they got silver and gold.

  • EsmeraldaV-del
    2/15/2018 - 03:45 p.m.

    This article was about two US Olympian twins. The article says the sisters were hard working and pushed each other to the best of their possibilities.

  • AnnabelK-buh
    2/22/2018 - 10:51 a.m.

    I think that it is really cool that there are two sisters who play the same sport, are the same age and both got to the Olympics! It is also amazing to me that they got silver and gold! They are so lucky!

  • jeremyj-orv
    2/22/2018 - 11:11 a.m.

    It's nice to see these sisters be soo close, but on the ice, they are complete rivals, I wouldn't be able to do that.

  • jordanw-orv
    2/22/2018 - 11:40 a.m.

    I glad that twins are beginning to be a "big" thing because as a twin myself I would know that it is nice having someone be there for you when you are sad, lonely, scared, etc...

  • wwall-wim
    2/22/2018 - 01:02 p.m.

    I feel this would be great time in their life and they should have fun because they are playing with one another, which means other teams will have some problems

  • bmeye-wim
    2/22/2018 - 01:03 p.m.

    The beneficial part about being able to compete with your sibling in the Olympics games are being able to bond or being able to help each other. Each others siblings know a lot more about each other than teammates so when they are playing they can use some of their techniques to their advantage.

  • wbear-wim
    2/22/2018 - 01:08 p.m.

    it would be beneficial because you are comfortable with your sibling. also you have played together for ever so that chemistry is so strong they cant be beat. It would be amazing to play with a sibling because it was probably a dream of there's.

  • nthai-wim
    2/22/2018 - 01:09 p.m.

    I think that it would be an amazing experience if one of my siblings and I could be on the Olympics together. In the text where it says, "They have one silver medals in both 2010 and 2014," I think that it must have took a whole lot of practice and hard work. Even a silver medal is better than none. If I ever would have that experience, It would be a dream come true and I just think doing something you love with someone you love is very amazing.

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