Four months before the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, Heather Moyse took her first run in a bobsleigh. The 29-year sweeper for the Canadian women's sevens team would end up representing her country in the two-person bobsleigh, finishing fourth, a mere five one-hundredths of a second off the bronze-medal time. 'I think it's always hard placing fourth and even harder because the team who beat us were the Italians and it was their home track,' Moyse said. 'It's hard when you've come so close and it's tough to lose it by so little.' In less than two years, Moyse may have another chance at an Olympic medal, this time on Canadian soil, when the Games take place in Vancouver and Whistler in 2010. In the interim, and after finishing the winter bobsleigh season earlier this month, Moyse can concentrate on rugby. It is not uncommon for rugby players to be multi-sport athletes - there are myriad track and field and football players who have taken up rugby as a second sport. But for Moyse, who also ran track and played soccer at university, rugby led to a completely new sport, one she had never heard of before being recruited for the Canadian national team. The opportunity came in May 2005 when a track and field coach asked if she would be willing to give bobsleigh a try. Moyse, who had turned down the same request four years earlier, was about to start a graduate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Toronto. School was a priority and she was already part of the national rugby programme. Still, she told the recruiter to send her the information. 'You can do school when you're 50, but you can't push a bobsleigh when you're 50,' Moyse remembered the recruiter saying. Moyse agreed to a try-out and, six months before the Olympics, she completed a series of sprints - some with weights - but, strangely enough, no work in an actual sleigh. She broke a few test records and after receiving a one-year leave of absence from school, decided to concentrate on the sport full-time until the Olympics. She made the decision without having ever been down the track and knowing little about the sport. 'It was a case of, 'Can I learn a new sport and do it to the highest possible level in five months'?' Moyse said. 'I never thought about the Olympics because in rugby you can't go to the Olympics. In sports, it's about how far you can go. For rugby, it's the World Cup and for bobsleigh it's the Olympics.' Moyse was the brakesman and Helen Upperton, who was in her fourth year of bobsleighing, was the driver. While Upperton would pilot the sleigh, Moyse would push it from the back to get it going at its fastest possible speed, before jumping in and then, at the end of the run, braking the sleigh. Upperton and Moyse won one of two Canadian Olympic berths and in that inaugural season, the pair won the Canadian championships and four medals, including one gold, on the World Cup circuit. The following year, Moyse completed her degree and continued her work in rugby. She continues to do both sports. 'Rugby is kind of who I am and I always come back to it and bobsleighing is a new challenge,' Moyse said. 'Placing fourth in Turin is like [having] unfinished business and who knows if we finish this business or not, but I can't see myself not trying.'