SUMMERSIDE — More than 100 people gathered at Credit Union Place, Tuesday morning, as Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse began their defence of their Olympic gold medal in the two-women bobsled competition in Sochi, Russia.
The crowd, watching the action unfold on several wide-screen TVs in the foyer of the CUP, sat anxiously as the Canada-1 sled made its first run down the track. The foyer exploded with cheers and applause as Canada’s golden girls, set a track record on their first run.
The United States-1 sled, piloted by Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams, followed the Canadian pair and took over top spot by 0.13.
The defending Olympic champions posted a second run of 57.73 seconds for a two-run combined time of 1:55.12.
The Americans broke the start record in their second run of 57.63, and their combined time is 0.23 seconds ahead of the second-place Canadians.
The final two runs take place on Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m. and 1:23 p.m.
Susan England was among those watching the event at Credit Union Place.
“It’s very exciting to be here in our home town with that mannequin of Heather here,” she said. “In a game like bobsled you can see it’s not over until it’s over. The U.S. team, the first two times around, made some errors but… they were able to compensate for that. There’s still two more heats to go. We’re in the running.”
Harold Noye was there cheering on Moyse, too.
“We’re so proud of Heather, he said. “It’s just so nice to be here with the crowd. It makes it more exciting to be here with everyone to cheer her on. We have great hopes for her tomorrow that she’ll be number one.”
Donna DesRoches and Karen Goodwin were waving a special flag autographed by Moyse while supporting the Canadian team
“We have a flag and it says ‘to Karen from Heather Moyse. Gold 2014, 2010 bobsleigh’,” said Goodwin. “So, I’m waiting for her to sign it for 2014 gold.”
Goodwin also had her lucky loonie. It was a loonie bearing the Olympic symbol on it. She hopes it will bring luck to the team.