SOCHI, Russia – Heather Moyse of Summerside and Kaillie Humphries of Calgary made Olympic history on Wednesday.
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Prince Edward Island's Heather Moyse, left, and Kaillie Humphries start their first run during the women's two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday.
They became the first-ever repeat gold-medallists in two-woman bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics in a finish that had Islanders and Canadian fans on the edge of their seats right up to the final sled.
“I wouldn’t want anybody else with me (than Moyse),” said Humphries in an interview with CBC. “History is meant to be broken, and Heather and I have done it here tonight (Wednesday), and look forward to hopefully breaking it some more.”
Moyse is the brakeman for the Canada 1 sled piloted by Humphries, and the duo had to come from behind to edge out the United States 1 sled of pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams by one-10th of a second.
Moyse, the 35-year-old daughter of Dr. Cyril and Sharon Moyse, and the 28-year-old Humphries finished with a combined time of three minutes 50.61 seconds (3:50.61) while Meyers and Williams checked in at 3:50.71.
The two-woman bobsleigh competition featured four heats – two on Tuesday and the final two on Wednesday.
Moyse and Humphries, who received a congratulatory phone call from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, went into Wednesday in second place, 23-hundredths of a second behind Meyers and Williams.
In the final two heats, Humphries and Moyse posted a time of 57.57 in the third heat after a 5.18 start, while Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams had a time of 57.69 following a start of 5.12. That left the U.S. 1 sled’s lead at 11-hundreds of a second going into the final heat.
“Kaillie doesn’t look at times and someone told me the time coming up, and I just said, ‘You know what Kaillie, the gap is closing,’ so that’s all we needed to know ‘and I’m not telling you anything, but we can put the pieces together and do this,’” Moyse said in the same CBC interview.
Moyse and Humphries were the second-last sled in the final heat, stopping the clock in 57.92 to finish. That left little room for error and put pressure on the Americans, but they struggled in their last trip down the 1,500-metre course, which CBC analyst Helen Upperton described as an extremely technical track and featured 17 curves. The final United States 1 time was 58.13.
Moyse and Humphries immediately celebrated the gold-medal win by jumping into the spectator area and hugging their parents and family members.
This marked Moyse’s third Winter Olympics. Along with winning the gold medal on Canadian soil in Vancouver four years ago, Moyse teamed with Upperton in the 2006 Games in Italy. Moyse, who was also the brakeman, and pilot Upperton just missed out on winning a bronze medal by five-hundredths of a second.