According to the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release, Denny Morrison of Chetwynd, British Columbia won an Olympic bronze medal for Canada on Saturday at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Morrison won a bronze medal in the men's 1500m for his fourth career step to the podium. He previously won a silver medal on Wednesday in the men's 1000m, a gold medal in the men's team pursuit at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and a silver medal in the men's team pursuit at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. Following the Olympic triumph, Morrison was highly praised by Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut, who released this statement:
"Once again, Canada salutes Denny as a double Olympic medallist here in Sochi. Only the greatest of Olympic athletes can sustain the excellence required to win multiple medals at a single Games,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Denny has earned a place among the great names of Canadian speed skating and our entire Canadian Olympic family congratulates Denny, his coaches, his family and his entire support team on another great feat.”
Morrison posted a time of 1:45.22. Zbigniew Brodka of Poland meanwhile beat Koen Verweij of the Netherlands by three one thousandths of a second or gold. Bodka's time 1:45.006 compared to Verweij at 1:45.009. Unlike alpine skiing., judges go to one hundredth of a second to deterine the winner.
Another big story is that the Canadian long track speed skaters have one more medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi than the short track speed skaters. On paper, this was a very deep Canadian short track speed skating team, but have only seen Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec win gold in the men's 1500m. On Saturday, no Canadian speed skater advanced to the finals in the men's 1000m or the women's 1500m events, and the men's short track speed skating relay team will not be in the final either.
Canada now has 12 medals at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games--four gold, five silver and three bronze medals.