Along with her twin sister Jocelyne, Monique Lamoureux-Morando is a two-time Olympic hockey silver medalist and six-time world champion for the United States.
Growing up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Lamoureux’s parents always pushed their children to do their absolute best when faced with any challenge. For cynics, it sounds like the oldest sports cliché in the book, but for the Lamoureux family it was their guiding tenet, and it led to incredible success on the ice.
The sting of losing gold to Canada in back-to-back Olympic Games led Monique to rethink how she could best serve her team. Despite scoring seven goals and six assists over her two Olympic appearances, Lamoureux proposed moving from forward to defense, returning to the position she had played for most of her college career at the University of North Dakota.
Even from the blue line, Lamoureux's influence on the U.S. scoring attack has been felt. At the past three world championships, Lamoureux scored four goals and 16 assists, helping Team USA win three-straight gold medals.
The offensive scheme of the U.S. team has evolved into an attack reliant on speed, intuition and creativity. Players like Lamoureux are encouraged to jump into a scoring attempt instead of playing within a rigid position-based system.
In PyeongChang, look for more U.S. “twintuition” when both Lamoureux sisters are in on the same shift for Team USA.