It's gold for Moyse, Humphries

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Published on February 19, 2014

Kailie Humphries, left, of Calgary, and Heather Moyse, of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, celebrate their gold-medal win at the flower ceremony following the women's two-man bobsled event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Published on February 19, 2014

Kailie Humphries, left, of Calgary, and Heather Moyse, of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, celebrate their gold-medal win at the flower ceremony following the women's two-man bobsled event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Published on February 19, 2014

Kailie Humphries, left, of Calgary, and Heather Moyse, of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, celebrate their gold-medal win at the flower ceremony following the women's two-man bobsled event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Published on February 19, 2014

The team from Canada CAN-1, piloted Kaillie Humphries with brakeman Heather Moyse, cross into the finish area to win the gold medal in the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Published on February 19, 2014

Canada`s Kaille Humphries, pilot, and Heather Moyse race down the track during women's bobsled heat 3 at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Published on February 18, 2014

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.

Published on February 17, 2014

Prince Edward Island’s Heather Moyse, left, and Kaillie Humphries take a turn during a training session for the women's bobsleigh Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

 

SOCHI, Russia – Heather Moyse of Summerside and Kaillie Humphries of Calgary made Olympic history on Wednesday.

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.

Moyse is the brakeman for the Canada One 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 10-hundredths 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 went into Wednesday in second place, 23-hundredths of a second behind the United States One sled of pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn 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. One sled’s lead at 11-hundreds of a second going into the final heat.

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 One 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.

 

Third Olympics

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.

Geographic location: SOCHI, Russia

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  • Lois MacNeill
    February 19, 2014 - 21:40

    Congratulations - Heather and Kaillie on your bobsled win. Awesome!

  • Mel
    February 19, 2014 - 17:40

    Was there ever any doubt. When Heather decides to do something she does it right. Way to go girl. We are very proud of you.

  • Joanne Lord MacLeod
    February 19, 2014 - 16:32

    I was glued to my TV screen when they ran it live both times today . I thought ,after the first ,that they might end up with silver .But , they ran it true next time around , making up the time and then some ,to lead the pack and give themselves the gold medals . Congrats ,Ladies ; you deserved it ! We're proud of you .