Gilmore Junio – team player

Winter Olympics.

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. …

Canadian speed skater Gilmore Junio gives up 1000-metre berth to Denny Morrison

Denny Morrison and Gilmore Junio

Denny Morrison and Gilmore Junio

Denny Morrison went on to win silver in the 1000-metre event

(via Buzzfeed – 10 Ways Canada Has Already Won The Winter Olympics)

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