Olympic Champion Heather Moyse Hopes to Help Next Generation in Bobsled Comeback

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Olympic Champion Heather Moyse Hopes to Help Next Generation in Bobsled Comeback


Strong, Gregory, The Canadian Press


Heather Moyse to make bobsled comeback

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Heather Moyse spent the summer putting the finishing touches on her book. There might just be another chapter or two still to be written.

Moyse is planning a return to the sport of bobsled for the first time since successfully defending her Olympic title with Kaillie Humphries at the Sochi Games in 2014.

Moyse politely declined when Humphries asked last March about the possibility of reuniting for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. But Moyse says her outlook shifted when she received an email last month from Canadian bobsledder Alysia Rissling, who wondered if she'd be interested in returning to a team eager to learn from the three-time Olympic brakeman.

"I'm not motivated just to go and win a third Olympic medal," Moyse said Tuesday from Calgary. "But I'm extremely motivated at the thought of potentially helping someone else win their first."

Moyse, who finished fourth at the 2006 Turin Games with Helen Upperton and pushed Humphries to gold four years later in Vancouver, still needs to earn her spot on the squad.

The native of Summerside, P.E.I., has undergone hip surgery since the Sochi Games and has also dealt with a nagging back injury of late. Moyse thinks she'll have a better gauge of her physical capabilities in a couple of weeks.

At 39, there are no guarantees. But it's possible that Moyse's return could provide depth, leadership and experience for a young but talented Canadian team that may qualify three sleds for Pyeongchang.

"I think the coaches know that it's never been just about a push for me," Moyse said. "It's about what you can bring to the team."

Humphries is the longtime anchor of a Canadian side that will likely include two other pilots and six or seven brakemen. The formal team announcement is expected about a week before the Nov. 9-10 World Cup opener at Lake Placid.

Rissling, who was sixth at the world championship and capped last season with a World Cup bronze on the Pyeongchang track, is one of the rising stars on the squad. She let Moyse know in the email that the young brakemen could really use her guidance and expertise if she was interested.

"She's been there," Rissling said. …

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