The story behind Jocelyne Lamoureux's 'Oops, I Did It Again' shootout move that gave the U.S. Olympic gold
Six years ago, then-UND associate coach Peter Elander gave Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson a new drill to try.
It was nicknamed, ‘Oops, I Did It Again,’ after the Britney Spears song that was popular in the early 2000s when Elander started using it with all of his teams back in his native Sweden.
The purpose of the drill is to work on the transfer of weight and being able to roll your wrists to have smooth transitions with the puck.
How good was Jocelyne at it?
“Six years ago, she wasn’t good at it,” Elander said.
That may seem hard to believe after Lamoureux-Davidson pulled off the move to perfection early Thursday morning on the world’s biggest stage -- a sudden-death shootout against rival Canada with an Olympic gold medal on the line.
Lamoureux-Davidson approached Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados and faked a shot between the hash marks to get the goalie to drop. Then, she moved the puck to her left side on her backhand. Szabados started to dive that way in desperation. But at that moment, she pulled the puck back to her forehand, twisting Szabados into a pretzel and easily burying the goal.
It stood as the game-winning goal as the Americans beat Canada 3-2 to win Olympic gold -- their first in 20 years.
“Oh my gosh,” NBC analyst Pierre McGuire said after the goal was scored. “That’s electrifying. That’s as good as you’re going to see anywhere.”
The goal, which has been lauded by many as the most important ever scored in U.S. women’s hockey history, was the result of countless hours behind the scenes in The Ralph working with Elander in “Highway Patrol” sessions, as the Lamoureuxs called it.
The nickname was because of all of the tires and cones that were placed on the ice. ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ was one of the drills.
“I did it thousands of times,” Jocelyne said early Thursday morning after appearing on the Today Show and Good Morning America. “Over and over and over.”
And Elander said that’s why she was able to pull off the move on the world’s biggest stage.
“In this generation, young people who don’t know how to do things correctly, they don’t want to do it,” Elander said. “If it takes a long time to perfect something, they don’t have the patience to do it. The Lamoureux sisters are outliers in that group. If they see something hard, they see it as a challenge to improve it. To be able to be not good at something, then work yourself into perfection at it, is almost a lost quality in today’s society.”
Elander, who was nicknamed The Professor at UND, said there’s two variations of the ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ move -- and Lamoureux-Davidson actually scored on both variations during the Pyeongchang Games.
The first one is a shot fake followed by a quick move to the backhand.
Lamoureux-Davidson scored on that play against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
She had a breakaway off of a faceoff, faked a shot to get the goalie to drop and flipped a backhand into the net. It was her second goal in the span of six seconds, setting an all-time Olympic record for fastest consecutive goals by a single player.
Elander thought Lamoureux-Davidson would use that move in the shootout against Szabados. Instead, she used the ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ double (or reverse), where she makes a second move after the fake shot.
“The double is much, much harder,” Elander said. “I honestly thought she was going to fake a shot and do what she did against Russia.”
But when Jocelyne faked her shot at the hash marks, Elander suspected she may be going for the double.
“If you do the double, you have to start earlier, because you need more room,” he said. “She sold the shot really well. When she rolled it over, she still had enough time to go back. I’m super proud of her.”
The Lamoureux twins gave Elander credit during their postgame interview with NBC.
“The last four years, we’ve put in individual sessions with him,” Jocelyne said. “The Highway Sessions. He’d set up tires up and down the ice and we’d do different drills. Those were pretty tiring days. I’m just happy it worked out and paid off. It’s pretty special.”
Elander is no stranger to the Olympic spotlight.
In 2006, he was the head coach of the Swedish team that pulled off what is, to this day, the biggest upset ever in women’s hockey. The Swedes stunned the Americans in the semifinals and went on to win silver.
That is the only time since women’s hockey became an Olympic sport in 1998 that the U.S. and Canada haven’t met in the final.
This time, Elander’s work helped the Americans.
“I was just so happy for them,” Elander said. “I know all the hours they put down. I know this year has been pretty tough for them. They haven’t had easy access to anything. They earned everything.
“I’m super happy that the rest of the world got to see what they can do.”