A photo of Heather Moyse in a green recycling bin provided her with lots of laughs leading into her Olympic bobsled races.
The photo started trending after being posted on Twitter.
“It blew up,” Moyse told The Guardian on Wednesday. “I was still in the garbage bin and all these little messages were popping up.”
Moyse distanced herself from social media during the competition, but because the messages were not about the race, she read them.
“They were so funny,” she said, noting they ranged from #OscarTheGrouch to a recycling company should sponsor her. “Just reading it, it actually was a great way to lighten up the evening.”
It was all about routine for Moyse. All season she had taken warm Epsom salt baths a few nights before a race.
“I didn’t want to change anything going into the Olympic Games,” Moyse said. “We went and looked everywhere for a bathtub and there was no bathtubs at all in the mountain village.”
One of Moyse’s personal mottos is no regrets. It allows her to look back after a competition and know she did everything possible regardless of the outcome.
Moyse had taken ice baths in garbage bins before while training with rugby teams, so she went searching.
“We found one and it was clean,” Moyse said.
The medical staff sanitized it and before long she was having a hot bath in a green bin two days before the first heats.
“It got a lot of really great reception,” Moyse admitted of the photo. “I didn’t think it would come across as that crazy, but apparently it did.”