Morrison looking for another gear

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:55 PM ET

Denny Morrison completed a triple-medal weekend, but he's still looking for the spark to hit top of the podium.

Certainly, two individual bronze medals and silver in the Team Pursuit is a nice finish to a World Cup stop, but the Fort St. John, B.C., speedskater hopes to find the next gear by February.

Morrison started off yesterday by racing to a time of 1:07.77 for bronze in the 1,000-metre event at Calgary's Olympic Oval. A couple of hours later, Morrison joined Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux to capture silver in the Team Pursuit, which is remarkable considering it's the first time the trio raced together in competition.

Morrison won bronze in the 1,500-metre race Friday for a strong overall weekend.

"It's a step in the right direction from two weeks ago in Heerenveen," Morrison said about a 12th-place result in the Netherlands. "I definitely skated better here. I'm missing a bit of snap though.

"Something needs to click more in the 1,000. I need to race a few more."

Morrison has one more World Cup next weekend in Salt Lake City then will put it on the line for the Canadian Olympic Trials Dec. 27 to Jan. 5 in Calgary.

American Shani Davis won the 1,000 yesterday in 1:06.91, while Korean Kyou-Hyuk Lee took silver.

One thing Morrison can be positive about is the Team Pursuit.

This is Giroux's first full season in long-track after moving over from short-track last season, and the trio just started working together this fall.

At 24, Morrison is the oldest of the group after he was the young one back in 2006 at the Olympics in Italy when Canada won silver.

Giroux is 23, while Makowsky is just 22, so winning silver in their first real race together is a pleasant surprise.

"It's a big confidence booster," Makowsky said. "It shows with the three of us skating our potential, we can be up there with everybody.

"For the times we've been able to skate together, it's the race experience that will get you further down the road. It's a reassurance that what we're doing so far is working."


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