FARGO — What got Connor McGovern from Fargo Shanley to the NFL is a combination of power and finesse. What got Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux from Grand Forks, N.D., youth hockey to an Olympic gold medal was a combination of, well, power and finesse.
On Wednesday morning, the three showed their off-the-ice and off-the-field finesse on projects that got a power boost from their platform as professional athletes. There were plenty of interested listeners at a StartupBREW event at Broadway Square in downtown Fargo.
McGovern is one of the brains behind the Able Games, a fitness test for competitors of all abilities from the most physically fit to those with special needs.
If McGovern is looking to write a book about the adventure, he could have asked the Lamoureux twins. Their book, “Dare to Make History,” has been on the shelves since this spring.
It’s the narrative of their life, starting with youth hockey in Grand Forks, the escalation of attention to Olympic athletes and the ongoing quest for equality. The toughest part in the project, both say, was just getting started and figuring out which twin was going to write what. In other words, was it going to be an “I” viewpoint or a “we” viewpoint?
They decided on a combination of the two.
“We do have individual experiences that need to be shared as individuals,” Jocelyne said, “but also we hit a rhythm that flows really well. We definitely wanted our own perspectives but at the end we wrap it up in a shared voice, which I think is fitting on how things have gone for us.”
The Lamoureuxs announced their retirements from competitive hockey about the time the book was released.
Their Team USA legacy will forever be the 2018 gold medal game against Canada. Monique tied the game at 2-2 with a goal late in the third period. Jocelyne scored a goal in the shootout that ended up being the game winner.
Finding enough material wasn’t the problem; in fact in the end they had to eliminate a “significant” number of pages.
“Probably the hardest part was the editing process,” Jocelyne said. “We feel like there is so much we want to share but what truly is going to resonate with the reader is another thing.”
The writing talent, although on ice for several years following high school and college classes, didn’t take long to resurface. It helped that both were experienced at public speaking and speech writing.
“We both did well in our English classes and we were always complimented on our writing ability,” Monique said.
They approached the project, they said, like a training camp preparing for a big tournament. Start from Step 1 and gradually increase the intensity.
“You don’t look at it like we have 300 pages to write,” Jocelyne said. “Just start with the intro, chapter 1 and chapter 2 and just chip away.”
Information on the book can be found at their website lamoureuxtwins.com.