Last summer, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Grand Forks natives and twin sisters Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando would become the 45th and 46th recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the highest honor for citizens of the state.
On Wednesday, Burgum set a date for the presentation.
After a year-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Burgum will honor the Lamoureux twins at 4 p.m. on July 14 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The event will be free and open to the public. It also will be livestreamed.
The speakers at the event will include Burgum, UND President Andrew Armacost, Shattuck-St. Mary's coach Gordie Stafford and Comcast senior advisor to the CEO David Cohen, who worked closely with the Lamoureux twins in their advocacy efforts.
The Lamoureux twins have won three Olympic medals in women's hockey -- silver at the 2010 Vancouver Games, silver at the 2014 Sochi Games and gold at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
They played key roles in bringing the U.S. its first gold medal in women's hockey in 20 years in PyeongChang. Monique scored the game-tying goal late in the third period against rival Canada and Jocelyne scored the game-winner in the sudden-death shootout.
In doing so, they became the first born-and-raised North Dakotans to ever win an Olympic gold medal. They also are the first North Dakotans to win three Olympic medals.
Burgum said in a statement last year: "From backyard hockey in Grand Forks to the world’s biggest stage, Monique and Jocelyne reached the pinnacle of women’s hockey and delivered two of the most exciting moments in our state’s sporting history, becoming the first North Dakota athletes to bring home Olympic gold and inspiring countless North Dakotans and young athletes everywhere with their incredible skill, competitiveness and sportsmanship."
The Lamoureux twins will be presented the Rough Rider Award in the building where they starred in college for three years and where they trained leading up to the 2014 and 2018 Olympics.
The Rough Rider Award recognizes present and former North Dakotans who have been influenced by the state in achieving national recognition in their fields of endeavor, thereby reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens.