It has been 18 months since Grand Forks natives and twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux left Pyeongchang, South Korea, as Olympic gold medalists.

They delivered the U.S. its first gold in women's hockey in 20 years in storybook fashion -- Monique scored the game-tying goal late in the third period and Jocelyne won it with a dazzling move in a sudden-death shootout.

Since then, they both became mothers and began raising their sons, Mickey and Nelson, and launched the Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation, which is aimed at helping disadvantaged children in all areas of life.

In the meantime, they've been working out at Altru to stay in top shape.

Next week, it will be time to reunite with USA Hockey again.

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The Lamoureux twins have been named to USA Hockey's Women's National Festival, which will begin Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y. It will be their first Team USA activity since becoming mothers -- and it will come with one big change.

Monique is moving back to defense.

Monique has transitioned between forward and defense for much of her career, but she played forward in all three Olympics -- the 2010 Vancouver Games, the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

She moved back to defense after the 2014 Sochi Games and starred there for the Americans leading up to the PyeongChang Games. Monique and Finland's Jenni Hiirikoski made up the all-tournament team defense in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Championships. Monique led the tournament in goals and points by a defenseman in 2016 and 2017.

However, just months before the PyeongChang Games, USA Hockey moved Monique back to forward, where she reunited on a dominant line with her twin sister. Now, she's going back to the blue line.

Monique played defense at Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep School, forward to start her UND career and defense to end her UND career.

Marvin to stay at forward

Warroad's Gigi Marvin, a member of the 2010, 2014 and 2018 U.S. Olympic teams, also has transitioned between forward and defense during her post-college career.

Marvin was moved from defense to forward before the PyeongChang Games, where she scored a goal in the shootout in the gold-medal game. Marvin was one of USA's most productive forwards in the Olympics -- and she will be staying there.

The Women's National Festival roster lists Marvin as a forward.

Last season, Marvin played for the Boston Pride in the NWHL.

Three other notables make Festival

Three other notable area players will be at the USA Hockey's festival next week.

Mak Langei of East Grand Forks, Patti Marshall of Thief River Falls and Britta Curl of Bismarck earned camp invites.

Langei is a defenseman for Bemidji State; Marshall is a defenseman for Minnesota and Curl is a forward for NCAA national champion Wisconsin.

Langei, Marshall and Curl will be attempting to make the U22 team, which will play a series against Canada from Aug. 14-17 in Lake Placid. The U22 team roster is expected to be announced Aug. 10.