P.E.I. Olympian returns home to a hero's welcome at the Charlottetown Airport on Wednesday
Heather Moyse is overwhelmed by emotion during a reception for her at the Charlottetown Airport.
When the chips were down Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries came up with a “money run” to remember.
The tandem was trailing the American One sled by 0.23 seconds — a longtime in bobsled terms — heading into the final two heats on Feb. 19.
Moyse said they talked about not having to do anything exceptional.
“We just need to be . . . consistently good,” Moyse said.
“That’s what the Olympics and the world championships are about. It’s not about one lucky day. It’s about consistency and who can keep their head and who cannot crack under pressure.”
The Canadian team did just that, gaining 0.12 seconds during the third heat and 0.21 in the final heat to repeat as Olympic champions by 0.10.
Moyse said being strong mentally was important. The team didn’t allow any external pressure to impact them.
“I think the biggest thing I am proud of is how Kaillie and I just kept our heads down.”
“I guess when you do it twice, it just shows the first one wasn’t by accident. It wasn’t by chance,” Heather Moyse
The team won gold four years earlier in Vancouver.
“They’re both just as remarkable and both special, but in extremely different ways,” Moyse said.
They were underdogs in Vancouver four years and had to prove they were the best in the world.
“I guess when you do it twice, it just shows the first one wasn’t by accident. It wasn’t by chance,” Moyse said.
“It’s really difficult to do a . . . back-to-back gold medal and it’s a sport that comes down to hundredths of a second.”
Bobsled is unlike some competitions where there is tournament leading towards a gold medal game. The bobsled has four heats and they all count. The team with the fastest time is the champions.