Denny Morrison wins silver in 1,000m speed skating
Stefan Groothuis, of Netherlands, wins gold
Canada's Denny Morrison has won silver in the men's 1,000-metre speed skating race.
"Props to my entire support team, and not just my teammates - Gilmore, huge move, definitely - but the therapists, the coaches, the team leader, everyone had a part in this medal and I'm so happy to share with all my entire team," Morrison told CBC Sports.
Morrison, of Fort St. John, B.C., finished just 4/100ths of a second behind the winner, Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands, with a time of one minute, 08.43 seconds. The silver is Morrison's first individual Olympic medal, and Canada's first long track speed skating medal in Sochi.
"I have to thank my teammate Gilmore Junio because without him none of this would have been possible," said Morrison. "My teammates have helped me to work on my opening and my opening was very good."
Morrison was not initially on the roster for the race after falling during the Canadian Olympic team trials. Teammate Gilmore Junio announced yesterday that he was giving up his spot in the event to allow Morrison to compete, saying "it’s in the best interest of the team if [Morrison] races."
Groothuis stopped the clock at 1:08.39.
"It's unbelievable," said Groothuis. "When I started, I didn't even know what the best time was and when I crossed the finish line, I was really surprised. It was the best time I've ever skated on a low-altitude track."
Michel Mulder of the Netherlands finished third, with a time of 1:08.74, two days after winning the men's 500-metre gold medal.
"I knew at the start that Stefan's time was going to be difficult. I decided to give everything and for winning the bronze, I have to be satisfied," said Mulder. "I am extremely satisfied. After winning the 500, I now have a bronze medal. It's a great feeling to step on the podium again."
American Shani Davis hoped to win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the discipline, having won in Turin in 2006 and in Vancouver in 2010. But the defending Olympic champion dropped off in the second lap, finishing in eighth with a time of 1:09.12.
The other Canadians to finish include:
- Vincent De Haître, who finished 20th.
- William Dutton, who finished 26th.
- Muncef Ouardi, who placed 32nd.