Moyse, Humphries begin pursuit of back-to-back gold medals Tuesday
Heather Moyse of Summerside will accomplish something next week that only one other Prince Edward Islander has on their resumé.
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That is compete in her third Winter Olympics.
Moyse and Kaillie Humphries of Calgary will look to become the first-ever team in the two-woman bobsleigh competition to win back-to-back Olympic gold. Moyse, the brakeman, and pilot Humphries won the gold medal in the Canada 1 sled at the Vancouver Games in 2010.
“I feel honoured I’ve been granted the opportunity to go,” Moyse told the Journal Pioneer.
Moyse joins Dave (Eli) MacEachern of Charlottetown as the only two Islanders to appear in three Olympics. Coincidentally, MacEachern represented Canada in bobsleigh, winning two-man gold with Pierre Lueders in 1998. He also competed in the 1992 and 1994 Games.
The first day of competition for Moyse and Humphries is Tuesday, Feb. 18, when the first two heats are held. The finals are Wednesday, Feb. 19.
“We will go into this Olympic Games like we went into the last one,” said Moyse. “When we went into the last one we tried to downplay the fact it was an Olympics, and just treated the race like it was the last race of the season, just as we would treat any other race we had. In doing so, obviously it worked really well for us. We are going to do the same.”
Moyse and pilot Helen Upperton missed out on a bronze medal by five-hundreds of a second in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. However, as the defending gold-medallists, Moyse knows things will be different this time.
“Both of us as a team have different pressures on us based on the last Olympics,” said Moyse. “If we can manage to keep the distractions of that kind of pressure down and just focus on literally the process instead of the outcome, I know that’s a little bit cliché, but if we can manage to do that, we’ll be able to come out with a positive outcome.”
“We will go into this Olympic Games like we went into the last one. When we went into the last one we tried to downplay the fact it was an Olympics, and just treated the race like it was the last race of the season, just as we would treat any other race we had. In doing so, obviously it worked really well for us. We are going to do the same.” Heather Moyse
Having competed in the last two Winter Olympics, is there anything in particular that Moyse has learned from those experiences that she can use to her team’s advantage in 2014?
“That it’s just another race,” answered Moyse. “It is the last race of our season and if we treat it the same way that we would treat any World Cup, avoid all distractions and do what we do best and let the other teams make mistakes, then it’s possible to come out with the win.”
Islanders will be tuned in
Prince Edward Islanders will have an extra reason to tune into the Winter Olympics next week.
That’s because Summerside native Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries of Calgary will defend the gold medal in two-woman bobsleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The City of Summerside is inviting the public to watch the competition at Credit Union Place while Moyse’s alma mater, Three Oaks Senior High School, will also carry the live broadcast for staff, students and guests.
And while Moyse may be on the other side of the world, she never hesitates to acknowledge the support she receives from her hometown and province.
“It’s hard to even put into words,” said Moyse. “It comes from family and friends, and also from corporate P.E.I.
“It’s the kind of support where I know that regardless of what the outcome is, I know I will have that support there no matter what. It’s a great feeling.
“It enables me to be able to do my job and to do it hopefully well, but knowing I will be welcomed back with open arms regardless of what happens here at the Games.”