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Denny Morrison

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSCAN10809198501
NOCCanada
Born08 Sep 1985 in  Chetwynd
GenderMen
Marital statusMarried
FamilyWife Josie Morrison
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish
Higher educationScience - University of Calgary: Canada
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.85 28 Dec 2007 Calgary  
    1000m 1:07.11 07 Mar 2009 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:42.01 14 Mar 2008 Calgary  
    5000m 6:19.91 01 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    10000m 13:41.65 31 Dec 2007 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1000m   1    
    1500m     1  
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps 1 1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m   2 1  
    1500m 2 1 2  
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps   3    
Social Media
Social Media
www.denny-morrison.com/  
twitter.com/Denny_Morrison  
www.facebook.com/1.DennyM  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachBart Schouten [personal], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age three in Chetwynd, BC, Canada.  
Reason for choosing this sportHe parents wanted him to learn how to skate. He competed in short track and speed skating until the 2002/03 season, when he decided to focus on speed skating.  
Club / TeamFort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club: Canada  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesIn April 2016 he completed a 25-day mountain bike tour in the United States of America. On the way back to Canada he began slurring his words and was hospitalised in Salt Lake City in Utah for a few days, where doctors told him he had suffered a stroke. Two stents were surgically implanted in his neck in June 2016 and he began racing again three months later. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017; cbc.ca, 17 Oct 2016)

He was involved in a motorcycle accident in May 2015 in which he sustained a concussion, a punctured lung, a torn anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his knee, bruised liver and kidneys and a small fracture in a bone near his spine. He returned to competition in March 2016. (cbc.ca, 17 Oct 2016; schaatsen.nl, 25 Apr 2016)

He broke his leg cross-country skiing in December 2012, and was out of action for four months. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017; theglobeandmail.com, 18 Jan 2013)

He has suffered an acromioclavicular joint separation [AC separation] during his career. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"No excuses." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017)  
HobbiesMountain biking. (cbc.ca, 17 Oct 2016)  
Most influential person in careerHis brother Jay Morrison. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017)  
Other informationINJURY WOE
He suffered serious injuries, which included a punctured lung and a small fracture to a bone near his spine, in a motorcycle accident in May 2015. He returned to the ice in March the following year. In April 2016 he suffered a stroke, and required two stents to be surgically inserted into his neck. He was back in competition less than six months later. "After the motorcycle accident, I could push myself as hard as my pain tolerance would allow and my heart rate, there was no limitation really. With the stroke I could not raise my blood pressure and potentially have one of these stents come loose and travel into my brain and kill me. When you put it in that simple of terms you're like, 'Alright', but you get a little stir crazy too." (cbc.ca, 17 Oct 2016)

SUPER SUBSTITUTE
He competed in the 1000m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi after teammate Gilmore Junio offered to give up his spot in the event. Junio felt it was in the best interests of the Canadian team that Morrison raced instead of him. Morrison went on to win a silver medal in the event. "Giving up your spot is unprecedented. I feel like getting my medal and cutting it in half because he deserves it," Morrison said. (huffingtonpost.ca, 12 Feb 2014; nbcsports.com, 12 Feb 2014)
 
Famous relativesHis family have been involved in speed skating. His father Dennis is a former Canadian Masters champion, his mother Carol has served as an official at national level, his older brother Jay has represented the national team, while his older sister Julie competed in the sport at youth level. His wife Josie Morrison [nee Spence] represented Canada in speed skating at the 2016 World Single Distances Championships in Kolomna, Russian Federation. (schaatsen.nl, 17 May 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jan 2017; nationalpost.com, 23 Oct 2016; NOC Media Guide, 2014)  
Hero / IdolCanadian triathlete Simon Whitfield. (Athlete, 10 Dec 2013)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (cbc.ca, 17 Oct 2017)  
Awards and honoursHe was named Male Long Track Skater of the Year by Speed Skating Canada in 2006, 2007 and 2008. (Speed Skating Canada, 19 Jan 2009)

He was named Fort St. John Skater of the Year for seven consecutive years until 2003, when he moved to Calgary, AB, Canada. (Speed Skating Canada, 19 Jan 2009)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in team pursuit at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and claiming silver in the 1000m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Also winning gold medals in the 1500m at the 2008 and 2012 world championships. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2010 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships 500m1  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships 500m1  
    2008/2009 World Allround Championships 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m2  
    2006 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships 1500m3  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1500m3  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps4  
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps4  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps4  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships Allround5  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2008/2009 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps6  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1500m6  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships Allround6  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps7  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps7  
    2007/2008 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2008/2009 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2006/2007 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m9  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships Allround10  
    2006 Olympic Games 1500m11  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall13  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1000m13  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m13  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m13  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround17  
    2010 Olympic Games 5000m18  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m19  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 500m20  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup North American & Oceanic Wch Allround Qu Allround1  
    2005/2006 World Cup North American & Oceanic Wch Allround Qu Allround1  
    2009/2010 World Cup North American & Oceanic Wch Allround Qu Allround1  
    2009/2010 World Cup North American & Oceanic Wch Allround Qu Allround1  
    2009/2010 World Cup North American & Oceanic Wch Allround Qu Allround1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Calgary 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt 1000m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Erfurt 1500m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Calgary Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Calgary Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Kolomna 1000m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Kolomna 1000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 1000m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Calgary 1000m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Turin Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Turin 1500m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Hamar Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 1500m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 1000m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 1500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Inzell 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Inzell 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 1000m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Turin 1000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Calgary 1500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Obihiro 1000m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Berlin 1500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Calgary 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Hamar 1500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 1000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Turin 1500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 1000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Calgary 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m4  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m4  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m5  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m5  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m5  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m6  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall6  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m6  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall6  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall7  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m7  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m7  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m8  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m12  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m15  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m19  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m19  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall22  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m26  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m31  
    2007/2008 World Cup 100m36  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m37  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1000m38  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m43  
    2017/2018 World Cup 5000/10000m43  
    2008/2009 World Cup 5000/10000m43  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1500m44  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m46  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m46  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall46  
    2014/2015 World Cup 5000/10000m54