Speed skater Gilmore Junio a medal threat ahead of Sochi

Gilmore Junio of Calgary during the Men's 500m event at the Essent ISU speed skating World Cup...

Gilmore Junio of Calgary during the Men's 500m event at the Essent ISU speed skating World Cup November 8, 2013. (Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:09 PM ET

If Gilmore Junio can cap off an improbable run toward his first Olympic appearance, he’ll immediately have the distinction of representing not one, but two countries at Sochi 2014.

Junio is a 23-year-old long-track speed skater who was born in Calgary but remains immensely proud of his Filipino heritage. His parents moved to Canada from the Philippines in the ’70s, but still have strong ties to the island nation which was recently ravaged by a devastating typhoon that killed thousands and left thousands more missing and homeless.


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