Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries have joined some very select company.
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Not everyone can claim they have won two Olympic gold medals and served as flag bearers for a closing ceremony, but Moyse and Humphries now have that accomplishment on their resumés. Moyse, the brakeman from Summerside, and Humphries, the pilot from Calgary, became the first-ever team to repeat as gold-medallists in the two-woman bobsleigh competition at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 19.
As a result, the Canadian Olympic Committee selected Moyse and Humphries to carry the Canadian flag during the closing ceremonies on Feb. 23.
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“It’s so surreal,” Moyse told the Journal Pioneer in a phone interview just hours after winning the gold medal. “We are so excited that we won . . . I don’t know when that is ever going to hit me.”
Moyse and Humphries won gold four years ago in Vancouver, but this year’s victory was much more dramatic. After leading the field from start to finish in Vancouver, Humphries and Moyse, in the Canada 1 sled, had to stage a dramatic come-from-behind victory that came right down to the very last heat.
Humphries and Moyse went into the final two runs of the four-heat event in second place, 23-hundredths of a second behind the United States 1 sled of pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams.
Humphries and Moyse had a time of 57.57 seconds in the third heat, which included a 5.18 start. The Americans stopped the clock in 57.69 seconds after a 5.12 start.
That set the stage for the nail-biting finish as the United States 1 sled took a lead of 11-hundredths of a second into the final heat.
Last two sleds
Canada 1 was the second-last sled to go down the track in the final heat, posting a time of 57.92 seconds and a 5.20 start. That left the Americans next to no room for error in the final run, and Meyers had a bumpy ride – 58.13 seconds.
The margin of difference between gold and silver?
How about 10-hundredths of a second?
Humphries and Moyse had a total combined time of three minutes 50.61 seconds (3:50.61) while the United States 1 sled was at 3:50.71.
Despite being in second place, Moyse said there was no panic with the Canada 1 sled after the opening two heats on Feb. 18.
“We believed that it was possible to put everything together, but when it comes down to it we knew we could win the race as long as we kept to our program, kept to our plan and didn’t focus on things we can’t control like the Americans, our equipment and all that stuff,” said Moyse. “We kept with our plan.”