Summerside celebrates Sochi bobsleigh Olympian Heather Moyse

Children in Summerside gathered on Monday to try their hand at bobsledding a day before hometown Olympian Heather Moyse defends her gold medal from Vancouver in the two-women event.

'Have fun and I hope you win,' 9-year-old says

Vancouver Olympic gold medalists Kaillie Humphries, right, and Heather Moyse pose with the trophy after the two-woman bobsled World Cup race in Germany in January. (Matthias Schrader/The Associated Press)

Summerside children gathered on Monday to try their hand at bobsledding a day before hometown Olympian Heather Moyse defends her gold medal from 2010 in the two-woman event in Sochi.

A modified course was set up at Credit Union Place by the Boys and Girls Club as teams of two children lined up to see who could travel the furthest on their toboggan, or flying saucer.

"The storm yesterday kind of hampered things but we were prepared," said club Executive Director Adam Binkley. "It started off a little slow but as the day goes on and the competitors are going down she's speeding up pretty fast."

Moyse and her teammate Kaillie Humphries will hit the track in Sochi Tuesday as they try to win Canada's first medal at the Sanki Sliding Center.

As reigning Olympic champions, and winners of this season's World Cup title, expectations for the pair to be on the podium are high.

Many of their biggest fans back home wished Moyse and Humphries well ahead of their competition.

"Have fun and I hope you win," said nine-year-old Hailey Paynter.

Claire McNeill, 10, said "I'd tell [Moyse] good luck and I'd say that she did really good so far and I would never be able to do that."

Colleen Snow brought son to compete in the bobsledding and said Moyse is a big part of the community.

"Her determination and how involved she is in the community and just her gold medals and everybody looks up to her and she's a big part of the Boys and Girls Club and we just love her," she said.

On Tuesday, Credit Union Place will host a party for people to come together and cheer for the hometown hero.

Moyse and Humphries are expected to compete at around 11:15 a.m. local time.


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