The move that U.S. women’s hockey player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson put on Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados doesn’t always work during practice, even when the only things standing between Lamoureux-Davidson and glory are a few worn-out Goodyears.
On Thursday, with an Olympic gold medal on the line in the sixth round of the shootout and a decidedly more mobile obstacle in front of her, it worked to perfection.
Lamoureux-Davidson’s goal put the Americans ahead in the shootout, and U.S. goaltender Maddie Rooney slammed the door shut, stymieing Meghan Agosta on Canada’s final effort to give the United States its first Olympic women’s hockey gold medal since 1998. They finally did it again.
Speaking of doing it again, Lamoureux-Davidson has a name for the most memorable deke in recent history:
“I’ve done that thousands of times around tires just set out on open ice,” she said, per the BBC. “It’s called ‘Oops, I did it again’ and I’m just thrilled beyond words. I’ve butchered it a thousand times, ran into tires, tripped over tires just working on my hands. I’m just glad it worked out this time.”
According to Lamoureux-Davidson’s twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, they learned the move that would make Britney Spears proud from Peter Elander, who was an assistant coach when all three were at the University of North Dakota. (He has since moved on to Ohio State.) Sometimes it even worked against live defenders, she said, but there was plenty of failure, too.
“We’ve screwed it up plenty of times, but she pulled the perfect time to pull it off,” Monique Lamoureux-Morando said.
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