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Hometown squad cheers on Moyse through fourth Olympic adventure

Summerside Coun. Bruce MacDougall, left, and Summerside-St. Eleanors MLA and Minister of Family and Human Services, Tina Mundy, watch as local Olympic hero Heather Moyse made her third and fourth bobsleigh runs at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Wednesday.
Summerside Coun. Bruce MacDougall, left, and Summerside-St. Eleanors MLA and Minister of Family and Human Services, Tina Mundy, watch as local Olympic hero Heather Moyse made her third and fourth bobsleigh runs at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Wednesday. - Colin MacLean

She may not have reached a podium this time, but Heather Moyse’s hometown fans still put her on a pedestal.  

Moyse and bobsleigh partner, Alysia Rissling, pushed and drove their way to a sixth place finish at the PyeongChang, South Korea, Winter Olympic Games, Wednesday morning.

It was Moyse’s fourth Olympic adventure. She and former teammate Kaillie Humphries won back-to-back gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

Though she will not be coming home to Summerside this time with another medal to add to her collection, the fans who gathered at Credit Union Place to watch Moyse’s runs could not have been more pleased with her accomplishment.

“It’s a tough competition; they’re all world-class athletes. So I think everyone here on P.E.I. should be really, really, proud,” said Karen Thompson-Bell, after Moyse’s fourth run.

“Whatever happens, we’re proud of her as a community … we have a lot to be proud of,” added Peggy Miles.

“Because of her success and her involvement in the Olympics, she’s been able to rally our community together and I think that’s a pretty special thing.”

Thompson-Bell and Miles were two of a handful of people who gathered at Credit Union Place to watch Wednesday’s event.

Organizers had been hoping for more people, but suspected a freezing rain warning and delayed school openings kept most folks home and watching on their own devices.

Bill McKinnon, and many others, tweeted out his respect for Moyse and her accomplishments.

“Heather Moyse is amazing and I/we on P.E.I. are oh so proud of her and her driver, Alysia Rissling, for their amazing result in their first Olympics together. For Heather to go from zero to sixth place in 5.5 months is stunning. Well done.”

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

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