Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Shuster rink, Diggins up for ESPY Awards
GRAND FORKS—Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson's dazzling move in the Olympic gold-medal game shootout, which lifted the Americans to their first women's hockey gold medal in 20 years, has the Grand Forks native in the mix for an ESPY Award.
Lamoureux-Davidson is one of four finalists for the ESPY Award as the best female Olympian.
The other finalists are snowboarders Jamie Anderson and Chloe Kim and skier Mikaela Shiffrin.
The ESPYs will be handed out July 18 in Los Angeles.
In addition to being a finalist for best female athlete, the U.S. women's hockey team, which also featured Lamoureux Davidson's twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Warroad's Gigi Marvin, is a finalist in three other categories.
The Olympic women's hockey team is a finalist for best team. The other finalists are the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Capitals, Golden State Warriors, Notre Dame women's basketball team and the Villanova men's basketball team.
The gold-medal game against Canada is a finalist for the best game along with the Rose Bowl (Georgia defeated Oklahoma in double overtime) and the World Series Game 5 (the Astros defeated the Dodgers in 10 innings).
The U.S. winning gold also is a finalist for best Olympic moment along with U.S. men's curling rink (led by Duluth's John Shuster) winning gold, the U.S. winning its first cross-country skiing medal in four decades (Afton, Minn. native Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall) and snowboarder Shaun White winning his third Olympic gold.
In the gold medal game against Canada, the U.S. trailed 2-1 late in the third period, when Lamoureux-Morando scored on a breakaway to tie it. Marvin scored a shootout goal before Lamoureux-Davidson won it by fooling Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados with two dekes.