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Gilmore Junio

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSCAN10608199001
NOCCanada
Born06 Aug 1990 in  Calgary
GenderMen
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish
Higher educationHuman Movement Studies - University of Calgary: Canada
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.25 15 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:08.39 16 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:49.31 10 Sep 2016 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media
www.gilmorejunio.com/  
twitter.com/cdnhappygilmore  
www.facebook.com/Gilmore-Junio-582537381821299/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I transitioned to speed skating after playing ice hockey. My dad saw an advert on television for a speed skating camp and thought I'd be good."  
Name of coachMark Wild, CAN, from 2017  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 2003 in Calgary, AB, Canada.  
Club / TeamClub Ichiban: Calgary, AB, CAN  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 23 Nov 2019)  
NicknamesGil, Chipotle, Happy Gilmore (Facebook page, 24 Feb 2014; longtracklongshot.com, 25 Jan 2011)  
Other informationSPORTING GESTURE
He qualified to represent Canada in the 1000m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi but ended up giving his place to teammate Denny Morrison, who Junio felt had a better chance of claiming a medal. Morrison went on to win silver in the race. "It was an amazing time in my life and something I don't regret. Seeing Denny on that podium validated everything for me. It was great Canada and the world got to know me on a more personal level, but at the end of the day I am an athlete and what I want to accomplish is getting on the podium," Junio said. (cbc.ca, 10 Nov 2016, 11 Feb 2014)

STAYING CALM
He claims to have broken his hand on more than one occasion when he was younger, having punched a wall or chair following a bad performance during a race. In 2014 coach Michael Crowe suggested he should try yoga, which he hoped would give Junio a different outlook on the sport. "I'm still getting the benefits from breathing and being in those poses, being in the moment and not caring what's going on around me. That's one of the biggest things that has calmed me down. It has allowed me to go through training and life more unassuming, being excited for where I'm at in that moment, staying grounded and not being too caught up in results, numbers and the Olympics, which is easy to do," Junio said. (cbc.ca, 10 Nov 2016)

SWITCHING DISCIPLINES
In 2009 he sustained a fracture in two vertebrae after a short track crash, which led him to take up speed skating. "Even with that I refused to give in. Not wanting the injury to put an end to my goal of representing Canada that season, two days after returning from Quebec I was back training. But I had switched my focus from short track to speed skating, where the risk of falling and re-injuring myself was much less." (gilmorejunio.com, 06 Aug 2011; speedskating.ca, 12 Apr 2011)
 
Most influential person in careerHis teammates Jamie Gregg and Denny Morrison. (Athlete, 23 Nov 2019)  
Hero / IdolCanadian ice hockey player Jarome Iginla, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 23 Nov 2019)  
Awards and honoursHe was named the 2014 Skater of the Year by the Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association [AASSA] in Canada. (schaatsen.nl, 02 May 2016)

He was named the 2010 Male Junior Athlete of the Year in Alberta, Canada. (speedskating.ca, 12 Apr 2011)
 
InjuriesIn 2009 he sustained T5 and T8 compression fractures to his back after crashing during a race. He returned to competition about two months later. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015; gilmorejunio.com, 06 Aug 2011; Athlete, 23 Nov 2019)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Always learn. Always grow. Give what you have." (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)  
HobbiesPlaying the guitar, spending time with friends, technology. (cbc.ca, 10 Nov 2016)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe likes to have a steak dinner before competitions. (NOC Media Guide, 2014)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m8  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m10  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall14  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m17  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m17  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m19  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m19  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall19  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger Team Sprint1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m6  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m8  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m13  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall15  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m15  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m16  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall21  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m23  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m26  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m27  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m36  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m37  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall38  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m41  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m41  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m43  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall53