ERFURT, GERMANY – Canadian Speedskaters competed in the Fifth Stage of the ISU World Cup in Germany over the weekend.
The final event before the upcoming Olympics saw Denny Morrison compete in the 1,000- 1,500- and 5,000-metre events. In the 1,500 metre race on Friday Morrison posted a time of 1:47:94 and crossed the finish line in 14th place. On Saturday he placed 9th in the 5,000-metre event with a time of 6:32:10. In the 1,000 metre event on Sunday he had a time of 1:10:43 good enough for 11th overall.
“I’m kind of disappointed with my 1500m today [Saturday]. I think I have more in the tank than that,” said Morrison. “I look at this 1500m as what I can expect if I go into a race unprepared, versus what level of optimal preparation I will need – and will have – at the Olympics. I will definitely do better then. But this week’s goal is also to qualify spots for Canada at the World Allround Championships. It’s sort of a weird goal to have when you’re really focused on the Olympics this year, but I will be ready for the Games!”
Morrison will be competing in his fourth Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in the 1,500 metre and team pursuit events. The Winter Games get underway on February 9th.