American twins will have some sisterly company at Olympics
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 (45)
  • calebr-orv
    3/12/2018 - 11:39 a.m.

    I wouldn't be able to play against my twin in the Olympics (If I had one), I would love my twin too much.

  • EliR-dec
    3/23/2018 - 12:56 p.m.

    It will be beneficial by helping yourself getting better at the sports because if your sibling older then you can get better.

  • 26cmhone
    4/17/2018 - 10:59 a.m.

    Competing with your siblings could be beneficial because they have your back. And they are supportive for you so it might give you more courage and belief that you can succeed. Or you could even be the supportive sibling for them and help them out.

  • 26pjhamm
    4/17/2018 - 11:00 a.m.

    It would be beneficial to have a sister in the Olympics with me, because you would have someone who you can really talk to. My sister and I, for example are very competitive we would really push ourselves to beet the other. It would be nice to have someone to watch your back too.

    Comment: here would be a lot of negatives to having a sister in the Olympics with you and I don't think the writer took that into account

  • 26alcham
    4/17/2018 - 11:00 a.m.

    because your siblings know you the best, and they can help you with your problems. you can help your siblings too so you can both help each other out. your sibling can be cheering you on and they can support you to.

  • 26amtess
    4/17/2018 - 11:01 a.m.

    It would beneficial because the siblings know their other sibling. So it is easier for their siblings to help. If one has problems the other can help.

  • 26gmnels
    4/19/2018 - 10:29 a.m.

    I think because you know a lot about you sibling than other people do. You can help them out a lot too. You know their advange so it would be easier. They can ask you qoustions and you know a lot about them so it would probley be easier.

  • 26kadubo
    4/24/2018 - 10:28 a.m.

    Because you could be with each other all the time almost and you will probably be the only people you know there. This article was really good because I liked how they talked about the twins and sisters competing in the Olympics together.

  • 26nalee
    4/26/2018 - 10:24 a.m.

    It might be beneficial because you know what they are and aren't good at and then you can work with them in that. If you are in a situation where you need them then there they are. If you aren't good at a part of a sport and they are then they can help.

  • 26jpquin
    4/26/2018 - 10:29 a.m.

    Me and My Sister could either play basketball, or softball in the Olympics. Sisters have a lot in common, and we know our struggles and weaknesses. They also know your advantages, so me and my sister could both benefit each other. We could push ourselves to get better everyday, but we can also enjoy being sisters. I would be pretty luck to play with my sister, as for not many people get to have that opportunity. I would for sure want to play with me sister in the Olympics.

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