Double podium for Canada in women's bobsleigh

Neate Sager

Seven of the many reasons for Canada to be ecstatic about a 1-2 finish in women's bobsleigh -- Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries taking gold, with Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown winning silver:

1. Stickin' it to the man: Mark the day, on Feb. 24, 2010, Canada owned the podium, winning four medals hours after the country's sports minister suggested there will be no new funding for Own The Podium. That tied a single-day record.

2. Demons, exorcised! Moyse and Upperton finished fourth by five-100ths of a secondat the Turin Games, narrowly missing becoming the first Canadian women to win medals in bobsleigh. Now they have made Canadian sports history together. And separately.

3. Training old-school! Moyse, who initially put off taking up bobsled has been known to get creative with her training when she is home in Prince Edward Island.

"Her brother Walter puts the family car in neutral and steers while his older sister manually powers the vehicle through in an empty parking lot for five 25-metre stretches.

" 'He thought it was hilarious that I had to do this the first time,' Moyse said. 'He blasted "Eye of the Tiger." All the windows were down. He said "let’s get a little Rocky going." I burst out laughing.'

Moyse is the second person from tiny P.E.I. to win a bobsled gold medal. Remember Dave MacEachern in Nagano?

4. Legacies! Kaillie Humphries' inspiration to win an Olympic gold medal started when she was six years old in 1992 after watching seeing family acquaintance Mark Tewksbury win a swimming gold in Barcelona.

5. Team spirit! No. 5 should mention how the teammates dedicated their games to Jenny Ciochetti, the brakewoman who was left off the team in favour of Brown. Shelley-Ann Brown took the news very hard. All four wore wristbands bearing Ciochetti's name.

6. Proof you never throw out a phone number. Upperton, the self-described "adrenalin junkie," recently related that in 2002, she made her first contact with Bobsleigh Canada a couple years after a track coach at her alma mater, the University of Texas, had provided contact information.

7. Warrior spirit: One of the great university rivalries in Canada is between Moyse's alma mater, Waterloo, and neighbouring Wilfrid Laurier. The latter also has a chance to see a graduate win gold, since Canadian men's curling third John Morris is a former Golden Hawk.

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