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Morrison falls at Canadian Olympic speed skating trials

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According to the Canadian Press, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, British Columbia fell in the men's 1000m at the Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Trials in Calgary on Monday and will not compete for Canada in the distance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Morrison clipped his skates with approximately 50m left in his race. At the time he was on his way to post the time necessary to earn an Olympic spot. Thumbs up to organizers for giving Morrison another chance an hour later, but Morrison only skated the fifth fastest time in his second attempt.

Morrison, who was part of the Canadian team that won a gold medal in the team pursuit at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, is a two-time World Championship silver medalist in the 1000m.

Morrison also has been excellent in the 1000m in the last year, where he was fourth in the 1000m on the World Cup circuit.

Morrison still has a chance to qualify for Team Canada in the men's 1500m on Thursday, where he is a two-time World Champion, but his international results in the past year have not been as strong in the 1500m as they have been in the 1000m.

Vincent de Haitre of Cumberland, Ontario won the men's 1000m race, while Canadian Olympic gold medalist Christine Nesbitt of London, Ontario won the women's 1000m race.



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