B.C. speed skater Denny Morrison ready to rock team events
Bronze medallist Denny Morrison of Canada jumps during the victory ceremony for the men's 1,500 metres speed skating event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi February 16, 2014. (REUTERS/GRIGORY DUKOR)
Perhaps Gilmore Junio’s move to step down so veteran speed skater Denny Morrison from B.C. had a chance to win individual medals was a team tactic.
Speaking to Canadian reporters via teleconference from Sochi Sunday, Morrison said he believes the silver and bronze he collected after Junio’s exit will boost his game for the upcoming team events.
“Now to have an some individual medals really gives me all the confidence that will propel me,” Morrison said.
He said jet lag hasn’t been an issue and, unlike many visiting Sochi, hasn’t had any issues with his living situation.
“It’s one of the nicest venues in the world and it’s all brand new and it’s a specific venue just for speed skating. It’s not shared with anything else like some venues that we race in,” he said. “The accommodations itself is I think is right on par with other Olympics that I’ve been too ... I actually haven’t seen too much of Sochi outside the village, however.”