On Feb. 24, Heather Moyse, U of T Master's graduate in occupational therapy, won gold in women’s two-man bobsleigh with Kaillie Humphries in the Vancouver Olympics.

The women’s competition consisted of four heats. The team with the shortest aggregate time took home the gold. Moyse and Humphries, Canada 1, led the competition from start to finish. They broke the track record three times in their four runs.

In the final run, Moyse and Humphries came last in the start list. Team Germany 2, which started three teams ahead of them, was disqualified after a frightening crash. This did not affect the duo’s perfect performance. Although they were ranked behind their teammates in their final run, it was good enough for gold. The duo were elated and screamed with joy when they realized that they had become Canada’s golden girls.

Other than hockey golden boy Sidney Crosby, Moyse is the only athlete from the Maritimes to win a medal in the Vancouver Olympics. Hundreds of people cheered widely as P.E.I. welcomed their hero back to her home town last week. “I’m thrilled to be home. I was looking forward to coming home before even the games started,” Moyse told CBC. Moyse also said that she is also very happy to see the swells of pride that swept across the country because of the Canadian athletes' successes.

After her gold medal performance, Moyse, also a rugby player, now sets her sights back to rugby. As much as she craves a normal life, Moyse is ready to fight for a spot in the national rugby team, which will travel to New Zealand and Australia for a rugby tour in April, and then to England in August for the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Moyse is ready for the challenge. "I’m a stubborn redhead," she told Canwest News Service. "I’m determined, and I like challenges."

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