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North Dakota Olympian Jocelyne Lamoureux Talks Hockey & Marriage

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For the first time in 24 years --two powerhouse women hockey players in the valley are skating in different directions. Like most twins, Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux were inseparable as kids, but they've grown up.

Jocelyne Lamoureux says, "we have to start focusing on ourselves as individuals." She adds, "if that means we are not together, we have to do it, but we know no matter what when push comes to shove -- we'll always be there for each other."

 Monique is doing an internship in Boston, while Jocelyne is jumping into a new venture with Altru Health in Grand Forks. She wants to inspire young athletes with a new strength and conditioning program at her hometown hospital.
   
A career isn't the only thing on the mind of this Olympian. Wedding rings are also in her future. She's getting married next month. It's a new challenge for Lamoureux. She says, "I get a little more nervous for that stuff than hockey, because I've been around the block with hockey." She says the wedding is new territory and she's not sure how to prepare for that.

After the wedding, her focus will turn back to training for the 2018 Winter Games. If she makes the team -- it will be her third trip to the world stage. Lamoureux says, "when you have a goal in mind, being an Olympian and being there and being on Team USA is a part of the goal, but winning the gold is the ultimate goal.

The twins have played together -- from youth hockey, to high school and even at the college level at UND. They made Team USA together. Now, for the first time, the sisters will be training separately. That means Jocelyne has to be a little more open minded on training partners. UND has agreed to give her access to the ice, but she says, "the trick is getting games in." She doesn't have a team now that her college career is behind her, but adds, "I always have Wednesday night beer league with my dad's team."

There is no guarantee she will make the next Olympic team, but she's feeling confident. While there will be new competition vying for a spot, she already knows what it takes to get there and how good it feels.

She says she is not ready to be done. She says, "my heart is still 100% in it." She says she has fun going to the rink everyday and is not ready to hang it up yet.
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