Morrison wins silver for Canada after last minute switch

He wasn't supposed to compete, but a teammate dropped out to give him a shot at a medal.

Long-track speedskater Denny Morrison has won a silver medal in the men's 1,000 metres at the Sochi Olympics.

The native of Fort St. John, B.C., finished in one minute 8.43 seconds, just four one-hundredths of a second behind winner Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands.

Michel Mulder, also of the powerful Dutch team, finished third.

It's Canada's first long-track medal of the Games, and the first individual Olympic medal for Morrison.

Morrison wasn't even supposed to compete in the 1,000.

But teammate Gilmore Junio gave his spot to Morrison because he knew Morrison was the team's best skater.

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  1. dama posted on 02/12/2014 02:54 PM
    "But teammate Gilmore Junio gave his spot to Morrison because he knew Morrison was the team's best skater."

    Great sacrifice by Gilmore Junio, hats off to you, most will skate even though they knew they might not win...

    I hope Morrison gave Gilmore credit..
  2. Mike posted on 02/12/2014 05:03 PM
    I'm sorry but if I trained most of my life there's no way I'd give up my opportunity to perform on the Olympic stage. Country be damned.
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