Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equity
Early in their lives, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando chose ice hockey to be the sport they wanted to pursue. They didn’t let the absence of girls hockey teams get in their way—they just played on boys teams. Nor did they let competitive adversity on the ice stop them on their way to a thrilling gold-medal victory at the 2018 Olympics, the United States’ first gold medal in women’s ice hockey in 20 years. They also did not allow roadblocks and discrimination off the ice deter them from taking on the big business of elite international and Olympic sports. The success of Monique, Jocelyne, and their team thrust them into the center of the fray in the struggle for gender equity, whether for women in hockey and in sports in general, or in society at large.
In Dare to Make History, the Lamoureux twins chronicle their journey to the pinnacle of their sport, the challenges of competing as elite athletes while becoming new mothers, their efforts along with almost 150 other hockey players to start a new professional women’s hockey league, their training to come back for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, and their contributions as role models championing the dreams of future generations of girls in sports, education, and the workplace. This is their inspiring story—the story of all girls and women, as well as boys and men, who simply want a level playing field.
Jocelyne Lamoureux Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando share many things in common. They are identical twin sisters, born and raised in North Dakota. Starting at age 5, they began to play ice hockey with and against their four older brothers and on boys teams because there were no girls teams. Their competitive hockey careers started on the frozen pond in the back of their house but eventually extended to the world stage. Always playing on the same team, they won seven world championships, two Olympic silver medals, and ultimately, an Olympic gold medal in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. In the gold medal game, Monique scored the tying goal and Jocelyne scored the highlight reel shootout winning goal. Monique and Jocelyne are much more than world-class athletes, though. They were raised to be difference makers. Before the 2017 world championships, the Lamoureux twins and their team put their gold medal hopes at risk by taking on their governing body by championing the cause of gender equity for themselves and for the next generation of female hockey players. After the 2018 Olympics, they became mothers within six weeks of each other and now share a new bond of motherhood and a brand new motivation to continue their hockey careers. Both women are dedicated to leveling the playing field for young girls and women, whether in sports, the workplace, or life. They both reside in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with their husbands and sons.