Heather Moyse has done it again.
As the entire City of Summerside held their collective breath, Moyse and Kaillie Humphries zipped down the track in what was the run of their lives.
But, finding out if they won gold wouldn’t be instantaneous.
The American 1 sled, in the lead throughout the competition, was the last bobsleigh left in the competition. It was their race – and gold – to lose.
But, alas, a few mistakes by the Americans would be their downfall and our Heather and her teammate once again are at the top of the podium, proving that hard work and determination – and a little bit of luck – pays off.
To say that we are all proud of Heather would be an understatement.
She has done something no other Islander has done – won two gold medals at the Olympics. And they were back-to-back medals.
Heather is truly our golden girl, and a role model for all.
If seemed even Mother Nature knew she would pull off the feat, dumping snow on our fair isle, prompting schools and businesses to be closed so Islanders, young and old, could watch our girl go for gold.
Twitter was instantly ablaze with congratulatory comments from fans from tip-to-tip of the Olympian’s home province and beyond. You could almost feel the excitement, pride and electricity with each Tweet.
And Credit Union Place, where fans, supporters, family and friends filled the lobby to watch the final heats on the big screen, erupted into a celebration as our hometown hero captured gold and, in the process, our hearts.
There were shouts of joy, high-fives, hugs and even tears shed from the boisterous crowd who gathered on the storm day to watch history unfold.
No one could be more proud, though, than Heather’s parents, Sharon and Cyril, who, along with their daughter, Heidi, watched their daughter and sister from the sidelines in Sochi repeat her golden performance.
Imagine the nervous anticipation of the family as they waited for the final results and that final trek down the track by the Americans?
Even this country’s leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper got caught up in the excitement, taking to Twitter to post this message: “Another great day for Canada at #Sochi2014 - congratulations @BobsledKaillie & @HeatherMoyse on your gold medal in bobsleigh! #wearewinter”
Once again, Heather will undoubtedly receive a hero’s welcome, a celebration like no other, when she finally returns home to red soil.
And she deserves it.
No one has been a better ambassador for this city and this province.
So, Heather, from all of P.E.I., we want to say you are our hero.