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Denny Morrison, Gilmore Junio to compete in Calgary

10/24/2014 05:41 EDT | Updated 12/24/2014 05:59 EST
This weekend the Olympic Oval in Calgary plays host to the best speed skaters in Canada. Forty-seven athletes will compete in order to qualify to represent Canada at the four upcoming ISU Long Track World Cups. 

Olympic gold medallist Denny Morrison will be competing, as well as Gilmore Junio. Many Canadians will recall Junio giving up his spot to Morrison in the 1,000 metre event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The decision allowed Morrison to go on to win a silver medal in the event. 

With a team that exhibits sportsmanship like that it'll be an event to keep an eye on. As the only skater who placed in the top-five at the 2014 Olympics in an individual race, Morrison is the only skater competing that has already qualified for the team. 

The rest will battle it out for the remaining spots. The team will be selected using trial results and recommendations from the national team coaches. 

The team will include a minimum of eight women and eight men, and as many as 20 skaters in total. The World Cup events begin Nov.14 in Obihiro, Japan.

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