Canadian speed skater Gilmore Junio was lauded with praise after he forfeited his spot in the men’s 1,000m race, allowing teammate Denny Morrison to win silver.
Now fellow Canadians are returning the favour, suggesting he carry the Canadian flag at the closing ceremonies.
Nominations from Canadian athletes
Morrison, who fell during his qualifying round in Canada and wasn’t supposed to race, said Junio should receive the honour. The sentiment was echoed by bobsledder Jesse Lumsden.
@cdnhappygilmore Gilmore you are an inspiration to a nation. Takes a special teammate to do what you did. Closing ceremonies flag bearer!!
— Jesse Lumsden (@JesseLumsden28) February 12, 2014
— Denny Morrison (@Denny_Morrison) February 12, 2014
— Brad Spence (@bradcspence) February 12, 2014
Stephen Harper weighs in
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement congratulating Morrison on his silver and offered praise to Junio as well.
“What makes this victory even more special is that his teammate Gilmore Junio stepped aside to let him compete. It is stories of sportsmanship and camaraderie such as these that make our nation very proud,” he said in the statement.
What do you think?
The closing ceremony flag-bearer is usually someone who shows strong Olympic spirit. Soccer player Christine Sinclair earned the honour at the 2010 Summer Olympics in London after taking her team to a bronze medal finish.
So was this act enough to earn Junio the prestigious spot? Tweet at @GlobeOlympics with your thoughts.