Speedskater Gilmore Junio vows to chase down his own Olympic medal

Canadian speedskaters Denny Morrison and Gilmore Junio landed in Calgary Tuesday afternoon. (JIM...

Canadian speedskaters Denny Morrison and Gilmore Junio landed in Calgary Tuesday afternoon. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)

JAMES EMERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:04 PM ET

Canadian speedskating hero Gilmore Junio has no plans of touching Denny Morrison’s silver medal.

The Calgarian, who gained international fame when he relinquished his spot in the men’s 1,000-metre long-track race in Sochi for Morrison — who eventually placed second — is taking a hockey approach to his teammate’s hardware haul.

“The Olympic medal’s the one I want in 2018 (in South Korea),” Junio, who was 10th in the men’s 500m, told a throng of reporters gathered to welcome the team back at Calgary’s airport Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve said I won’t touch Denny’s medal until I get my own. That’s the kind of hockey player mentality — don’t touch the Stanley Cup until you get it.”

It was a difficult decision for many to understand outside the speedskating world, including Junio’s family.


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