How have the Olympics inspired you?

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By Riley DesRoches

The 2014 Olympic Games was an interesting situation to say the least. Prior to the games there was a lot of tension, with the security concerns of an international event like the Olympics in Russia. Canada had a very impressive 25 medals; but the medal count doesn’t really show how much of an amazing games Canada truly had. The Woman’s hockey team making a comeback that is nothing if not astounding, and the men’s team impressively beating the States and Sweden to secure Canada's hockey supremacy. Of course the most personally inspiring moment from the games to most islanders is the hometown hero Heather Moyse alongside Kaillie Humphries winning a second straight gold medal for our beloved nation. The Three Oaks alumni and Summerside born athlete solidified herself as one of Canada's most successful athletes. Heather is an inspiration to me because she is proof that work and perseverance can overcome any and all adversities, and that means a lot to people who think Prince Edward Island is too small for them to achieve what they want to. Sochi did not inspire me, Heather did. Her inspiration is constant; I am reminded of her feats in school every day. Three Oaks is very proud to have an amazing athlete and individual apart of its alumni, as am i and all the other students.

As a part of this great nation I am infinitely proud of all Canadian athletes, medal bearing or not. But as a part of the much more select group of Islanders and even TOSH students who can more closely relate to her, Heather Moyse is a statue of what we can accomplish. And that is very inspirational.

Organizations: Thomas MacDougall, Wow Factor, Canadian Women Hockey

Geographic location: Sochi, United States, Vancouver Canada Russia Prince Edward Island Summerside Sweden

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