In the afterglow of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, a pair of Canadian sporting heroes solidified their legacy by becoming Canadian legends. Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries earned their second consecutive gold medal in the bobsled event.
Heather Moyse, quite possibly the greatest athlete ever from Prince Edward Island is also a two-sport star. Having also represented Canada on the pitch in the sometimes unforgiving and all-too aggressive sport of rubgy, the athletic legacy of Moyse is one that will empower future generations of female athletes from PEI.
Literally the gold standard in bobsled, Kaillie Humphries may be the greatest Canadian, male or female, to have competed in the sport. With a legendary undefeated streak that only increased expectations in Sochi, Humphries delivered the goods while endearing herself to a nation of sports fans back home.
Among the rare group of Canadian athletes outside of hockey that have earned gold medals in consecutive Winter Games, their legend grew with an act of kindness that brought with it a touch of class. The day after claiming the gold medal, Moyse and Humphries wrote a letter of inspiration for the Canadian national women’s hockey team. Of note, the contents read,
“There are ups and down in every race/game, but we are proof that if you keep believing in the possibilities, results can be golden. Own it! The ice is yours! Fight till the bitter end!
Smiles…. Heather + Kaillie”
As Canada’s women were competing against their archrivals from the United States in the gold medal game, the letter would prove to be a tremendous source of inspiration. In addition to the letter being mentioned by Ron McLean on CBC Sports, prior to the broadcast of the game, many hockey players went on social media to express their gratitude for the letter.
Having emerged as one of the most influential and important sporting documents of the last decade, there is no question that the letter composed by Moyse and Humphries deserves to be displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, for all hockey fans to see. Considering how the Canadian victory in women’s hockey set the tone for the Canadian men to beat the United States in their semifinal the day after, the letter has a legend to it as influential as the Lucky Loonie, buried in the ice by Trent Evans, at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games.
Proving that one can never go wrong when paying it forward, a karmic reward was granted upon Moyse and Humphries when they earned the privilege of being the flag bearers for Canada at the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
World-class individuals with hearts of gold, Moyse and Humphries have displayed the true essence of the Olympic spirit and the meaning of grace and sportsmanship. Even if this dynamic duo retire from bobsled competition, their legacies as ambassadors for the sport are indisputable. There is no question that fans will see them together again as a place must surely await them one day in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.