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Junio displays a true spirit of Olympism

Gilmore Junio
Gilmore Junio
Dean Mouhtaropoulos, Getty Images

According to CBC Sports on Tuesday, Canadian speed skater Gilmore Junio of Calgary has graciously given his spot in the men's 1000m speed skating event on Wednesday to his Canadian teammate Denny Morrison of Chetwynd, British Columbia.

Morrison, who is currently ranked fourth in the world in the men's 1000m speed skating event, fell in the 1000m event at the Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Trials in December. However Junio gave Morrison his spot because he thought it was in "the best interest of the Canadian team."

Junio finished in tenth place in the men's 500m speed skating event on Monday, an event that surprisingly saw a Duch sweep.

Morrison has won the silver medal in the men's 1000m speed skating event on two occasions--at the 2007 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City and again at the 2009 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Vancouver.

Morrison will be one of four Canadians competing in the men's 1000m, joining William Dutton of Regina, Muncef Ouradi of Quebec City and Vincent De Haitre of Ottawa. Morrison will be on the outer lane in the 17th pairing with Michel Mulder of the Netherlands, who won the gold medal in the men's 500m.