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Posted: 02/20/2014 7:46 AM | Comments: 0
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SOCHI, Russia - Before Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse raced to bobsled gold at the Vancouver Olympics, a camera caught the two dancing in the parking lot.
Someone commented on air "I hope those girls are taking it seriously."
But music is part of the magic for Humphries and Moyse, who danced to a theme song in Vancouver and again Wednesday night, when they successfully defended their gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.
"We still try to keep it light and fun, the dancing still happened," Humphries said. "Just before we went out, we sang the Alicia Keys song 'Girl is On Fire.'"
Piped in Moyse: "It's pretty hard to stay really really stressful when someone turns to you and goes (striking a pose and singing), 'This girl is on fiiiiirrreee!' in the middle of the quiet start house. You know, it's funny."
They sang and then had a "20-second dance party" before racing to gold.
"People underestimate the 20-second dance parties," Moyse said, laughing.
Moyse, a native of Summerside, P.E.I., said people shouldn't question how serious they are. She and her Calgary partner have figured out what works for them.
"Anybody that studies kinesiology or science knows that there is optimum level of arousal to have optimal performance and if you're too stressed out, you're not going to perform well, if you're not stressed out enough, you're not going to perform well," Moyse said. "It's just kind of that balance that we've been able to figure out."
Their theme song in Vancouver was "Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas.
"Literally before each run of the race we would say 'You know what, regardlless of what happens, tonight's going to be a good night,'" Moyse said, paraphrasing a line from the song.
This season, they started with Katy Perry's "Roar."
"It's kind of the modern 'Eye of the Tiger,' we're the champions here, we're going to come back, fight through the fire, and those are kind of the lyrics and it was pretty fitting," Moyse said.
Moyse said Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us" helped her through her lengthy rehabilitation. Also a member of Canada's rugby team, Moyse had surgery in 2012 to repair a torn labrum in her right hip.
"Just talking about the ceiling, can't hold us, whatever expectations people have on you," Moyse explained. "That's their expectations, doesn't mean we can't push past any of them. There's no ceiling on what we can accomplish."
Humphries is a huge country fan and said she takes pride in the fact she converted Moyse into one as well.
Humphries included a country song on a playlist for Moyse for the Vancouver Olympics — it's turned into a running joke between the two.
"It starts playing and it was this twangy. . . I'm like 'You picked a country song for me, are you crazy?'" Moyse said laughing.
That year leading up to Vancouver, the coaches were trying to get Kaillie to have a little bit of a lighter touch, so they used to joke around saying 'Kaillie it's not a tractor, think about it as a Ferrari, a BMW.' And so she ended up playing this song called 'Big Green Tractor' (by Jason Aldean), and it starts 'I can take you for a ride on my big green tractor.'
"We can go slow or make it go faster," Humphries continued.
"It just became this stupid inside joke," Moyse said. "Now I blare it. It's probably the best song ever."
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