Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) came away with the bronze medal in the 1000m, Saturday, at the World Cup long track speed skating Men’s competition presented in Obihiro, Japan. In the Women’s Competition, Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) raced her best times of the season, taking fifth place in the 1000m.
Thanks to a time of 1:10.39, Morrison won his very first individual medal of the season. American Shani Davis won the race in a time of 1:09.56, beating out silver medalist Korean Kyou-Hyuk Lee who finished in 1:09.80.
“It’s a lot of fun being on the podium but it’s not really what I’m focusing on,” Morrison explained. “What I’m most concerned about is the way I skate, and today I felt that things went quite well. I’m trying to be strong technically and tactic-wise, and it worked out well.”
Morrison is the only member of Team Canada to have taken part in every World Cup competition since the beginning of the season. “Being that it’s a post-olympic year, I didn’t train that intensely this summer, so it’s been a work in progress lately,” he explained. “We have a young, up-and-coming team this year, so it really gives a lot of energy to everyone. It’s pretty amazing to watch them skate because you can see how much potential they have. It’s neat to be a veteran like this, where I feel I’m in the position to be able to help them out. Personally, I’m still passionate about skating.”
In the group A competition, Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) finished with a time of 1:10.88, good for 12th position, while Richard MacLennan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) finished 20th with a time of 1:14.52. In the B group, Gilmore Junio (Calgary, AB) and William Dutton (Humboldt, SK) finished 7th and 13th, respectively, with times of 1:12.40 and 1:13.61.