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ND to celebrate its first Olympic gold medal winners on March 8

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S. celebrates with the U.S. flag after their women's hockey gold medal win at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Brian Snyder / Reuters

GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota is celebrating its gold medal Olympians in grand fashion.

Grand Forks natives and University of North Dakota alums Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson played a starring role for U.S. Women’s Hockey in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, helping to lead the team to a  gold medal finish. The victory over the rival Canadian team marked the best showing for the U.S. women in the past 20 years and a first for the Peace Garden State -- the twin sisters are the first North Dakotans to win Olympic gold for the United States.

That feat is now set for a March 8 celebration at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, the top-flight college hockey stadium that the sisters know well from their time at UND. The twins will make a homecoming appearance Thursday night with their medals in tow.

A release from the arena’s press office said the community event is free of charge and opens to the public at 6:30 p.m., with a program beginning at 7 p.m. The release billed the evening as a celebration of the Lamoureux sisters and their accomplishments in the Olympic Games.

What’s more, the night is also the unveiling of “Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Day,” a statewide March 8 commemoration. The release said the board chair of the local Chamber of Commerce will announce the occasion on behalf of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown said he “couldn’t be more excited and proud” of the sisters’ accomplishments.

“For them to grow up right here in Grand Forks and represent our community on the world stage is very special,” Brown said in the release.

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