Speed skater Gilmore Junio made one of the biggest sacrifices an Olympian athlete can make. Earlier this week he announced that he would give up his spot in the 1000m final to his teammate Denny Morrison because Junio felt that Morrison was the better skater and poised for a breakthrough. Junio was right. Morrison would go on to take the silver in that event on Wednesday.
Morrison expressed his extreme gratitude at the chance to skate in the race. "Giving up your spot is unprecedented. I feel like getting my medal and cutting it in half because he deserves it," Morrison told the CBC.
The Calgary skater's selfless move did not go unnoticed and many began a campaign to get Junio named as Canada's flag bearer for the closing ceremony on Feb. 23rd.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 12, 2014
The loudest voice of support came from Denny Morrison himself who tweeted the idea and mentioned it in an interview to CP.
— Denny Morrison (@Denny_Morrison) February 12, 2014
Denny Morrison says Gilmore Junio for Canadian flag-bearer. Says he embodies Olympic spirit. #CPSochi— Neil Davidson (@NeilMDavidson) February 12, 2014
Many of Junio's Olympic teammates also joined in the call to get him named the closing ceremony flag bearer.
It's still early and there are more than 10 days of competition left but it looks like Junio is an early favourite for the honour.
In 2010, figure skater Joannie Rochette was named Canada's flag bearer for the closing ceremony. Rochette, who won a bronze medal in Vancouver, lost her mother just days before she was to compete.
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