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Denny Morrison

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDenny•Morrison
Used nameDenny•Morrison
Born8 September 1985 in Chetwynd, British Columbia (CAN)
Measurements183 cm / 81 kg
AffiliationsFSJ Elks Speed Skating Club, Fort St. John (CAN)
NOC(s) Canada

Biography

Denny Morrison has been a speed skater since the age of three, having chosen the sport after discovering his local arena had no opportunities in ice hockey for children of his age. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, doctor, or engineer but, although he excelled at both academics and athletics, it was the latter that captured his interest and, until the end of the 2002-2003 season, he was both a short and long track speed skater. After focusing on long track, his first professional medal came at the Olympic Games in 2006 where he won silver as a participant in the team pursuit. He claimed his first individual medal, gold, at a 1,000m event during the 2007 World Cup. Later in the year he took silver in the team pursuit and 1,000m events at the World Champions, as well as bronze in the 1,500m. In 2008 he won gold in the 1,500m and bronze in the 1000m at the World Championships, as well as silver medals at World Cup 1,000m and team pursuit tournaments. One week after his gold medal win in the 1,500m, he set a world record at that distance, which still stands as of 2010. During the 2009 World Cup, he claimed gold in team pursuit and silver in 1,000m events and was later named Canadian Male Long Track Speed Skater of the Year. He won his first Olympic gold in his native country in 2010 in the team pursuit competition. His older brother Jay is also a speed skater on the Canadian National Team.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 19 Representing Canada    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 11
  Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Olympic Canada 2 Silver
2010 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 13 Representing Canada    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 9
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 18
  Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Olympic Canada 1 Gold
2014 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Canada    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Olympic Canada 4
2018 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 13 Representing Canada    
  Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Olympic Canada 7

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2006 Winter Olympics 15 February 2006 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Qualifying Round 3:47.37 1
2010 Winter Olympics 26 February 2010 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Quarter-Finals, Heat 1 3:42.38 1
2010 Winter Olympics 26 February 2010 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Semi-Finals, Heat 1 3:42.22 1

Olympic family relations

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