Canada's Morrison to skate Olympic 1,000 after teammate Junio drops out
Denny Morrison , from Fort.St.John, BC, participates in a practice race during speed skating practice at the Sochi Winter Olympics Wednesday February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:17AM EST
SOCHI, Russia -- Canada's Denny Morrison will compete in the 1,000-metre Olympic speedskating race after teammate Gilmore Junio dropped out.
Junio, from Calgary, was 10th in the 500 on Monday. The 1,000 is Wednesday at Adler Arena.
"Gilmore did it for the team," team spokesman Antonio Faiola said Tuesday. "Although (Junio) qualified for the 1,000 metres, he knows Morrison is our best skater in this distance. He did it to give our team the best chance to win a medal."
Morrison says he's relaxed going into the race.
"I wasn't qualified until yesterday, when Gilmore backed out," he said. "I wasn't going for the 1,000 so I'm looking at it as part of my preparation for the 1,500."
Morrison has two fourth-place finishes in the 1,000 on the World Cup circuit this season. He's a two-time silver medallist in the distance at the world championships, but his best Olympic result is 13th at the 2010 Vancouver Games.