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02/12/2014 10:31 EST | Updated 04/14/2014 05:59 EDT

Denny Morrison Wins Speed Skating Silver After Teammate Gives Up Spot

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Canada's Denny Morrison catches his breath after competing in the Men's Speed Skating 1000 m at the Adler Arena during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
SOCHI, Russia - Long-track speedskater Denny Morrison has won a silver medal in the men's 1,000 metres at the Sochi Olympics.

The native of Fort St. John, B.C., finished in one minute 8.43 seconds, just four one-hundredths of a second behind winner Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands.

Michel Mulder, also of the powerful Dutch team, finished third.

It's Canada's first long-track medal of the Games, and the first individual Olympic medal for Morrison.

Morrison wasn't even supposed to compete in the 1,000.

But teammate Gilmore Junio gave his spot to Morrison because he knew Morrison was the team's best skater.

Morrison has two fourth-place finishes in the 1,000 on the World Cup circuit this season. He was 13th at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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