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Morrison wins Olympic silver in the men's 1000m speed skating

Denny Morrison
Denny Morrison
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According to CBC Sports, speed skater Denny Morrison of Chetwynd, British Columbia has won Canada's tenth medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Wednesday.

Morrison won a silver medal in the men's 1000m speed skating event by posting a time of 1:08.43. Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands won the gold medal wth a time of 1:08.39 and Michel Mulder of the Netherlands won the bronze medal with a time of 1:08.74.

But the mere fact Morrison even competed on Wednesday was a truly inspiring story. Morrison fell in the men's 1000m (when he had a commanding lead) at the Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Trials and was only going to compete in the men's 1500m and the men's team pursuit at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. However in an amazing gesture, Gilmore Junio of Calgary, who finished in third place at the Trials, gave Morrison his spot yesterday after placing tenth in the men's 500m on Monay.

According to Chris Iorfida of CBC, Junio made the decision "in the best interest of the team".

Anyway you look at it, Junio's heroic act of Olympism should go down as one of the greatest moments in Canadian sports history. It would have been a shame if Morrison would have been unable to compete in the men's 1000m, a discipline where he has won two silver medals at the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in the past.