By Jon Zacks
Denny Morrison plans on trying his luck in velodrome cycling.
The Fort St. John native says after a long four years of preparing for the Vancouver Olympics, he’s ready for a new challenge. The gold-medalist says he still plans on competing in speed-skating at the 2014 Winter Games, but says establishing a new long-term goal will help keep his competitive drive strong.
Morrison’s former teammate, Clara Hughes, is the only Canadian ever to win medals at the summer and winter Olympics, and he says he’s excited to try and emulate her tremendous achievement. “I don’t want to say for sure that I’m even going to make the Olympics” he says, “but I consider myself a top level athlete, and I set my goals high and have high aspirations, so that’s definitely what I’m going to be aiming for.”
The 24 year-old says he will be in Fort St. John very briefly, for the Allan Cup festivities starting on April 19th. But, he’s also planning a more lengthy visit for the grand opening of the Enerplex in the fall. “I hope to share my gold medal with as many people in Fort St. John as possible” he added.
Teamed with Mattieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky, Morrison won a gold-medal in the team pursuit at the 2010 games. He says his Olympic highlight came shortly after: