Morrison gets first podium finish since accident in May 2015

Denny Morrison trains at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, ahead of the long track World Cup selection camp. Photo by Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN – Denny Morrison made the podium for the first time since breaking his femur in a motorcycle accident 18 months ago this past weekend.

Along with Ted-Jan Bloemen and Jordan Belchos, Morrison won silver in the Men’s team pursuit at the third ISU World Cup race of the season in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday with a time of 3:44.95. Japan skated to gold with a time of 3:44.10, while Poland earned bronze in a time of 3:45.04.

This is Canada’s first medal in this event since the gold medal the men won at the first World Cup stage of the 2015-2016 season.

“Three World Cups and a podium; this is unbelievable considering not just my injuries, but also the set backs and necessary steps to get here. They are all big steps and all surprising to me”, said Morrison.

Morrison also competed in the 1,000 metres on Saturday for the first time this season, and skated to 6th in the ‘B’ event with a time of 1:10.31.

On Sunday, Morrison skated in the ‘A’ event of the Men’s 1,500 metres after qualifying two weeks ago in Nagano when he finished 3rd in the ‘B event. Morrison finished in 20th place with a time of 1:48.35.

Morrison and the rest of Team Canada will be tearing up the long track at their next event this coming weekend in Heerenveen, The Netherlands December 9th to 11th.