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Friends of Grand Forks gold medalists weigh in on big win

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--People across the region are buzzing about North Dakota's first gold medalists.

People are beaming about the Wednesday night win by a pair of hometown girls.

WDAZ’s Kenneth Chase spoke to one high school player who went to hockey camp with the sisters, and she said she is happy their win is shining some gold on women’s hockey.

A historic win making making in Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux’s hometown proud.

"It just shows that girls can play hockey too--and like are able to win things,” said hockey player, Kaia Johnson.  

"I've like been to a hockey camp with them and it's just cool being able to know who they are. And knowing that they won a gold medal,” said Johnson.

Monique scored the goal against Canada getting Team USA to the shootout -- where Jocelyne brought it home.

"Everyone just went crazy,” said coworker, Katelyn Klapprodt.

The twins' co-workers at Sports Advantage are beaming.

Happy the women they work with achieved their goal.

They say the gold won't change them.

"They're some of the most humble people I've ever met in my whole life,” said Klapprodt.

Their coach says their win isn't a surprise -- but a long time coming.

"They've been preparing for a moment on that stage since they were young kids. That's been their goal, that's been their vision,” Coach Brian Idalski.

A huge work ethic carried them all the way to South Korea.

"I mean you couldn't come up with two better role models for young females than Jocelyn and Monique,” said Idalski.

“That's not easy holding down a full time job to train and compete and do those things to be an Olympic athlete and so that's what makes them special,” said Idalski.

And soon they'll be celebrating at home.

No official celebrations have been planned by the city or University of North Dakota...yet.

There is a petition requesting a sign declaring Grand Forks the home of the Lamoureux twins.

You can click here if you’d like to sign.

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