CBC Sports - Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014 20:30 ET

Denny Morrison’s silver shines on Canadian Trail

Speed skater's medal headlines Day 5

Denny Morrison celebrates during the flower ceremony
Denny Morrison celebrates during the flower ceremony after the men's 1000-metre speed skating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi on Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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It would be fair to say that two days ago, no one would have predicted Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison was going to win an Olympic silver medal in the 1,000-metre race on Wednesday in Sochi.

Wrong! One person did.

Teammate Gilmore Junio decided to take one for the team and gave his spot in Wednesday’s final to Morrison, who failed to qualify for the event during the Olympic trials last month.

Junio felt it was the right thing to do after finishing 11th on Monday in his Olympic debut in the 500m race. The Calgary native believed Morrison had a better chance at a medal.

And he was right.

Morrison, of Fort St. John, B.C., delivered with an impressive race that earned him Olympic silver, Canada’s first long track medal in Sochi and 10th medal overall.

The 26-year-old finished with a time of one minute, 08.43 seconds. Just 0.4 seconds away from gold.

Women strong

Earlier Wednesday, the Canadian women’s hockey team came from behind to defeat fierce rival U.S.A. 3-2 and keep their unbeaten streak in Sochi alive.

Meghan Agosta-Marciano of Ruthven, Ont. led the charge for Canada with two goals in her 27th, while Hayley Wickenheiser of Shaunavon, Sask. added a goal in the win.

Canada’s perfect record of 3-0 powers the team into the semifinals of the tournament, where another win could set up a rematch against Team U.S.A. for the gold medal.

But the hockey ladies aren’t the only Canadian women undefeated in Sochi.

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones and Team Canada edged Great Britain 9-6 in curling action to keep a perfect record in the round robin and set up a matchup against the also undefeated Swiss team on Thursday.

Elsewhere along the Trail:

• Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie rink earned a much-needed victory 7-4 over host Russia to bounce back after back-to-back losses at the men's curling tournament. They will face Denmark on Thursday.

• The Waterloo, Ont. duo of Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch finished fifth in pairs figure skating. Teammates Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Saint-Léonard, Que., came in seventh, and Olympic rookies Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Virden, Man., skated to a 14th place.

• Calgary's Justin Snith and Tristan Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., were just 0.05 seconds away from a bronze medal in luge doubles, tying the best finish for Canada in a luge event set by Calgary's Alex Gough on Tuesday.

• Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., finished 20th in a women’s downhill event that saw two skiers share the first place for the first time in Olympics alpine skiing history after Tina Maze of Slovenia tied Swiss skier Dominique Gisin for gold.

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