Denny Morrison earned a bronze medal today in the men’s 1,500m long track speed skating event. Morrison was a medal favourite heading into the event, projected to win silver, but was edged into third on the last race after Koen Verweij of the Netherlands finished just 0.003 seconds behind gold medalist Zbigniew Brodka of Poland.
Canadians Lukas Makowsky, Vince De Haitre and Mathieu Giroux also raced but finished out of medal contention.
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Morrison won a silver medal in the 1,000m after teammate Gilmore Junio forfeited his spot to Morrison, who was thought to have a better chance at winning. Junio spoke to The Globe about why he gave his spot away.
Fellow speedskater Gilmore Junio tweeted his support with the hashtag #dennyforflagbearer. There is a competing campaign underway to name Junio as Canada’s flagbearer. (The Globe’s editorial board thinks he should, too.)
— Gilmore Junio (@cdnhappygilmore) February 15, 2014
— mercedes nicoll (@mercedesnicoll) February 15, 2014
— Derek Livingston (@derekliving) February 15, 2014
— Caleb Flaxey (@calebflaxey) February 15, 2014