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Morrison finishes 13th in Men’s 1,500 metre finals

Denny Morrison competing at the Long Track Speed skating event in Calgary. Supplied photo.
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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA — Fort St. John native Denny Morrison competed in the Men’s 1,500 metre finals this morning at his fourth Winter Olympics appearance.

Morrison finished the race in 13th spot with a time of 1:46.36, just over two seconds behind the gold medal-winning time posted by Kjeld Nuis of The Netherlands. Nuis posted a time of 1:44.01 to finish 1st, followed by his fellow countryman Patrick Roest. South Korea’s Min Seok Kim finished 3rd with a time of 1:44.93.

During his first Olympics in Turin, Morrison won silver in the team pursuit. In Vancouver, his team won gold in the team pursuit, before he won silver in the 1,000 metre race and bronze in the 1,500 metre race at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

This will be an extra special Olympics for Morrison since he survived a motorcycle crash in May of 2015 and a stroke the following year. He is also now married and will watch his wife Josie Spence compete at the games, also in speedskating.

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