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Junio to receive sportsmanship medal

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According to the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release on Monday, Canadian Olympic speed skater Gilmore Junio of Calgary will receive a commemorative medal on Wednesday for his gracious decision to step aside and allow his teammate Denny Morrison compete in the men's 1000m speed skating event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Junio will receive the medal at a ceremony at King Edward School in Kitchener, Ontario at 7 a.m. mountain time.

Morrison, who fell in the men's 1000m event during the Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Trials at the Olympic Oval in Calgary in December, ended up winning a silver medal in the Olympic competition in Sochi. Morrison, from Chetwynd, British Columbia, had won the silver medal in the 1000m at the 2007 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championship in Salt Lake City and in the 1000m at the 2009 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championship in Vancouver. On paper, Morrison had a much better chance to win a medal for Canada than Junio.

Morrison was also in fourth place in the International Skating Union World Cup standings for the men's 1000m event leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The silver medal in the men's 1000m would be the first of two medals for Morrison at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He also won a bronze medal in the men's 1500m.

Overall Morrison has won four Olympic medals. He has also won the gold medal in the men's team pursuit at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver with Mathieu Giroux of Montreal, Quebec and Lucas Makowsky of Regina, Saskatchewan and a silver medal in the men's team pursuit at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin with Arne Dankers of Calgary, Alberta, Steven Elm of Red Deer, Alberta, Jason Parker of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Justin Warsylewicz of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Interestingly Warsylewicz retired from speed skating on April 24 according to www.ocanada.com. Warsylewicz is married to world champion Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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