|Posted on March 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM|
Denny Morrison, 7th in the 1000m and best Canadian result today
Date posted: 03/06/2010 by Speedskating Canada
“It’s back to normal!” commented Alberta’s Jamie Gregg. One week after the jubilent crowds at the Richmond Olympic Oval, Canada’s long track speed skaters were back on the ice – this time in Erfurt, Germany. The best Canadian performance of the day came from Denny Morrison (Fort St.John, B.C.), seventh in the 1000m.
Skating the distance in a time of 1:10.14, Morrison was only 0.85 seconds from the winning time, belonging to American Shani Davis (1:09.29). “I wasn’t able to get my top speed at the beginning of the race, so it could have been better.” analyzed Morrison. “I lost some time in my first lap.”
The British Columbia native will be participating in the second 1000m race on Sunday – where he will be aiming to skate faster. “I have to be faster in the starts, and I need to be faster in the corners, too,” he strategized; Morrison also raced the 500m event today, where he placed fifth in Group B with a time of 36.40
Morrison 0.11 Seconds from the Podium
Date posted: 03/07/2010 by Speedskating Canada
Just as he said he would, Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, B.C.) improved on yesterdays’ seventh place finish in the 1000m event, with a fifth place finish in the same distance today, Sunday at the Erfurt (Germany) Long track Speed Skating World Cup. The result also allows him to lay claim to the best Canadian result of the day at the competition.
With a time of 1:09.75, Morrison only missed a spot on the podium by 11 one-hundredths of a second; American Shani Davis (1:09.25) once again took the win – for his sixth win, one in each of the World Cups this season. The Netherland’s Stefan Groothuis (1:09.50) and Mark Tuitert (1:09.64), took second and third, respectively.
“Denny was happy with his race today; he felt that he had a better last corner and that he managed his energy better. Though he didn’t get onto the podium this time, it’s still very encouraging considering that the World Cup Finals are next week,” commented coach Robert Tremblay.