Gilmore Junio of Calgary has given up his spot in Wednesday’s 1000-metre speed skating race to his teammate Denny Morrison.
In a press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee, 23-year-old Junio said he made the decision because it would improve Canada’s medal chances.
“I believe it’s in the best interest of the team if [Morrison] races,” Junio said in the release. “To represent Canada at the Olympics is a huge honour and privilege but I believe that as Canadians, we’re not just here to compete; we are here to win. Denny has proven to be a consistent medal threat in the distance”.
Morrison fell just before the finish line in the 1000-metre qualifications in Calgary, and so didn’t qualify for the event. But he’s ranked 6th in the world at that distance. Junio ranks 41st. …
Denny Morrison went on to win silver in the 1000-metre event …
(via Buzzfeed – 10 Ways Canada Has Already Won The Winter Olympics)