It was a fairytale ending for Summerside’s sweetheart Heather Moyse and her Cinderella story.
To cap off her second Olympic gold-medal win in two women’s bobsled, the hometown hero and her driver, Kaillie Humphries, carried in the Canadian flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
It’s an honour that few athletes have bestowed on them. And it’s just another accomplishment that the 35-year-old can add to her long list.
To say that Moyse’s comeback and performance was awe-inspiring is an understatement.
After battling back after major hip surgery, she secured her spot in the back of the sled with Humphries in the hope of repeating their performance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
And they did just that, and, as a result, will go down in sporting history as the first women’s bobsled team to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals.
But it wasn’t only our hometown hero’s performance that inspired.
It seemed that there were so many epic moments for Canadians to be proud of during the 17 days of competition.
One of the biggest was in the final event – men’s hockey.
Throughout this country and the world, Canadians stopped what they were doing, and, in most cases, set their alarms extra early to ensure they were up early to watch our boys take on Sweden.
They didn’t disappoint, once again capturing gold and making it to the top of the podium.
In total, the Canadian contingent captured 10 gold medals and a total of 25 medals, placing them third in the overall standings.
From Jennifer Jones on the curling sheet and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s virtually flawless skate for silver in ice dance to the women’s hockey team’s heart-stopping overtime win to speed skater Gilmore Junio’s selfless act, withdrawing from competition so veteran, Denny Morrison, could compete and go on to win silver at his final Olympics, there was just so much for Canadians to be proud of at these Games.
You could almost feel Canadians come together to cheer on our own.
The Olympics, no matter what country they are held in, always bring this country together.
And our athletes, whether they come home with a medal or not, are always shining examples of sportsmanship and what you can achieve through hard work and dedication. They have inspired and will continue to inspire our country and its youth.
It’s been an amazing 17 days, especially for our little city and province who, in some way, can take ownership of at least one gold medal.
Thanks, Team Canada, for the thrills, spills, tears of sadness and of joy.
It’s been a wild ride.