NAGANO, JAPAN – Denny Morrison had a big improvement from his first to his second weekend of competition on the ISU World Cup circuit.
Skating in Nagano, Japan on Saturday, Morrison competed in both the Team Pursuit long with Ted-Jan Bloemen and Jordan Belchos. The trio managed to finish in 8th place, while The Netherlands, South Korea, and New Zealand took the top three podium spots.
On Sunday, Morrison skated along with Montreal’s Christopher Fiola and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Quebec in the Group B 1,500 metres. Morrison ended up placing third in the Group B race with a time of 1:48.26, which qualified him for the Group A 1,500m at the next event.
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“It reminded me of the Olympics in some ways,” said Morrison, who won a bronze medal in the 1500m at the 2014 Games in Sochi. “I skated my race and it was what it was. I watched the other pairs to see where I ended up ranking. I kept seeing all the times coming in and realizing that I wasn’t being pushed down, or at least not too far. It was really exciting and a pretty emotional thing during the Olympics, and it was kind of similar today. Sunday, my race was just so-so and it was just a B group 1500m, so I shouldn’t have been that emotional about the race. But I’ve been through two years of training really hard. There are still things to improve, but for today, I’m really proud of my result and it was a great experience to see myself hold on for a podium in the B group, all things considered.”
Morrison and the rest of the Canadian team hit the ice for the third race of the ISU World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan December 2nd to 4th.