|Posted on December 12, 2010 at 3:15 AM|
The Canadian Press- Published On Sat Dec 11 2010
OBIHIRO, JAPAN—Discovering that sometimes less is more, Denny Morrison found his way on to a World Cup podium for the first time this season.
The long-track speedskater from Fort St. John, B.C., was third in the men’s 1,000 metres, by far his best result in a slow start to the season.
Morrison has struggled with his form since a poor individual showing at the Vancouver Olympics (13th in the 1,000, ninth in the 1,500 but gold in the team pursuit) but a simplified approach helped him take bronze.
“I took a few steps back as far as being aggressive and just tried to really skate smooth, kind of back to the basics,” he said. “I don’t know, it’s weird getting good results off not trying too hard.
“That was probably my fastest first lap in the 1,000 and it’s not necessarily the fastest track and it’s definitely not the hardest I’ve tried. It’s funny how that works in speedskating.”
Morrison finished the 2 1-2 laps around the oval in Obihiro Japan in one minute 10.39 seconds.
His former training partner, friend and Olympic champion Shani Davis of the United States won in 1:09.56, 0.24 seconds ahead of South Korea’s Lee Kyou-hyuk.
The medal was Morrison’s first in the 1,000 since a bronze just over a year ago in Calgary. Still, he was bothered about being nearly a second behind Davis.
“It’s just nice to be back on the podium but just because I’m on the podium doesn’t mean that I’m satisfied yet,” he said. “The podium isn’t the focus, it’s more about how I’m skating and stuff.”