04/24/2016 00:49 EDT | Updated 04/24/2017 01:12 EDT

Denny Morrison, Olympic speed skater, suffers stroke in Utah

Denny Morrison, a four-time Olympic medallist in long track speed skating, tweeted Saturday that he'd "had a stroke" in Utah.

Morrison had just finished biking more than 1,200 kilometres from Arizona to Utah. He was spending some free time in Salt City Lake area when the incident occurred, according to Speed Skating Canada.

It is the second time Morrison has been in hospital in less than a year. 

On Saturday afternoon, his companion, fellow speed skater Josie Spence, noticed signs of a stroke and took him to a nearby hospital. He showed signs of recovery en route to a second hospital, the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, where he was given a CT scan and MRI. Results showed a brain blood clot and carotid artery dissection, Speed Skating Canada said.

He did not need surgery.

"The doctor suggested that I recovered quickly because I am a very healthy young person," Morrison said in a Speed Skating press release. "I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support, and especially Josie who is with me and who was able to recognize the signs quickly."


Only 11 months ago Morrison was in the hospital after he sustained serious injuries from a motorcycle accident.

On May 7, 2015, Morrison was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that almost killed him. He broke his left femur, had a concussion, punctured a lung, tore an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), fractured a bone near his spine, and bruised his liver and kidneys when his motorcycle hit a left-turning car.

He managed to return to competition in March, racing in the Canada Cup Olympic Oval Finale in Calgary. He was disqualified from the 1,000 metres there.

The Fort St. John, B.C., native owns four Olympic medals. He won gold in 2010 and silver in 2006 in the team pursuit event, as well as silver at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the 1,000 event and bronze in the 1,500.