Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Olympic Silver Medal Lamoureux Twins

If you followed the Winter olympics in Vancouver this past year this pair might be familiar to you. They are the Lamoureux twins, Jocelyne and Monique. They are the first identical twins to play women's hockey in the Olympics. They both attend the University of North Dakota and grew up in Grand Forks, ND.

For the last week Nolan has been attending a hockey ISO clinic put on by Frank Burggraf. He has a long list of hockey standouts that he has trained. But he emphasizes that hockey is just a game and that his goal is really to turn out "good people" first, hockey players second. He commands respect, and makes the kids work hard, but also encourages them on and off the ice.

The twins, have attended the Burggraf clinic for the past 5 years. How lucky were our boys to not only meet the twins, but also meet the twin silver medals they earned in the Olympics.









                                            
                                           Jocelyne on the left and Monique on the right.


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The girls said when they were 8 years old they wanted to go to the Olympics and win a medal... and then they worked hard to earn it.  Hard work, a dream and a belief that they could is what has gotten them where they are today they told the boys.  That and having 4 older brothers who also played hockey and were competitive.





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They're heavy.  As solid as they look and I was a little surprised the Lamoureux twins simply handed them off for the crowd of boys and girls to hold.   Although, I guess one never knows, they may simply have handed it to an Olympian in the making.  





I am playing catch up again this week. We were so fortunate that Rick's brother Matt, his wife Julie and their two kids came for a visit these past few days. I have plenty of fun things to share.

9 comments:

  1. To have a goal and work hard to achieve it, no matter the reward, is the stuff of heroes. I'm sure your boys know this. I envy your boys for the mothering and example they get from you.

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  2. Vicky, this is THE most wild post! Tuesday told me yesterday that she wanted to Play Hockey and I said, "I will have to mail you to Vicky." She has told everyone that I am mailing her to Vicky. Everyone is like, "Who, What?"
    What day will work for you? LOL

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  3. How many people get to HOLD Olympic medals?
    So exciting and can't wait to hear about your fun things with Rick's brother and SIL!
    xoxo

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  4. Oh that's so cool they got to actually touch the medals! Awesome

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  5. How wonderful for Nolan to be a part of the hockey workshop....and to meet the girls.

    Hope your catch-up this week pays off!

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  6. I always enjoy meeting fellow bloggers. Thanks for stopping by today and sharing your thoughts. I can imagine what a thrill it must have been to meet these amazing individuals, and be inspired by them, which your kids no doubt were. People pay to touch excellence like that. And you were just in the right place at the right time. I love it when things align like that. It's something they'll not soon forget!

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  7. Stopping by from in courage. Nice to meet you!

    I blog over at Ordinary Inspirations : http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

    Hugs,
    Traci

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  8. My sons are jealous once again :) Very cool to see those medals and Olympians in person!

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