This is the day Heather Moyse and it seems all of Prince Edward Island have waited for.
Summerside’s golden girl is taking the first steps in what she hopes is a repeat of her performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and, hopefully, become the first Islander to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals.
Moyse is competing in her third winter Olympics, a feat that only one other Islander – Dave ‘Eli’ MacEachern, who competed in bobsled as well -- has on their resume.
And to say that her home province and her hometown are proud of that accomplishment would be an understatement.
Throughout the city where she was born and raised, played rugby and other sports, there are messages, many displayed on signs, wishing Moyse all the best in her quest for Olympic gold.
Summerside has, without question, caught Olympic fever.
Schoolchildren, including those at her former high school, have caught the bug, with some city schools hosting their own mini Olympics, complete with opening ceremonies and competitions and medal presentations.
On Monday, as part of Islander Day activities in the city, children of all ages – and a few adults – took part in a bobsled event of sorts aimed at getting children active and allowing them a chance to get a taste of what their idol will be doing while in Sochi.
So, starting Tuesday, when Moyse and her teammate Kallie Humphries of Calgary will look to become the first-ever team in the two-woman bobsled competition to win back-to-back Olympic gold, there is no doubt Islanders will be glued to their televisions as the duo begin competition, which culminates Wednesday.
The City of Summerside is even opening up the doors at Credit Union Place to anyone who wants to watch the competition unfold. As well, Three Oaks Senior High School – where Moyse was named Female Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years – will air the live broadcast for staff, students and guests.
While Moyse is pushing that massive sled with all her might the city, the province and its people will be right behind her cheering her on, support and love, we all hope, that she can feel and that will help her reach her Olympic dream.
Moyse has been a great ambassador for Summerside and P.E.I. and the epitome of grace, showing true sportsmanship, win or lose.
And she knows all too well the agony of defeat, losing out on a medal at the 2006 Olympics by the unimaginable five hundreds of a second.
Even with that heartbreaking loss, Moyse managed to show poise, an example for all athletes, young and old.
She is a great example to everyone that if you have a goal and are willing to put in the hard work, time and effort, that goal can be reached, even for a girl from the country’s smallest province.
But no matter what the result is when the competition is complete Wednesday, this city and this Island will be proud.
To Summerside and P.E.I., Heather Moyse is already golden.