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Solid start of season for Denny Morrison

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Solid start of season for Denny Morrison

With several podium finishes at the first World Cups of the season, Denny Morrison gave a good start to the 2011-2012 season. Where the post-Olympic season was disappointing for him due to an admitted lack of training, and as such served as a wake up call, this season was preceded by a good summer, jam-packed with motivated training, which has translated into solid results on the ice so far. With these promising results under his belt, Morrison reflects on the first half of the season and looks forward to what is still to come.

 By Jolanda Abbes,

Last season was not Denny Morrison’s best season. Even though he acknowledges that there had been a serious lack of training during the 2010 summer, he also admits to the fact that it was a frustrating season for him, in which he did manage an occasional podium finish at the Word Cups, but at the World Single Distances Championships in Inzell in March he finished 6th and 5th in respectively the 1500m and 1000m, which are usually considered to be his signature distances: “My last season was a wash. I wasn't motivated to train following the Olympics, and was enjoying a physical and mental break from speed skating. I never started speed skating specific training until July, and even then it was intermittent with no commitment, as I would take time off whenever I felt like it. I never stepped back on the ice until late-August. All in all, last season served as a wake up call that I do need to train in the summer if I want to do well. Even with the lack of training, I was still frustrated with my results most of the season and especially at WSD because the field of competitors wasn't as strong as it has been in the past and I think I should have been able to place better, even given the circumstances. My results last season are fresh motivation for the upcoming seasons though. I'm excited to train again!”

This regained motivation resulted in a very different past summer for Morrison, compared to the summer before: “Unlike last summer, when I wished the skating season would never start again, this post season I spent twelve days in different parts of Europe, had my mental and physical break from speed skating, and by the end of March I already felt excited to get back to training, though we never started until the second week of May. Our group has done what, for many skaters in the group, has been an unprecedented amount of cycling in the summer.”

Photo credits: Erik Pasman

And so far all this hard training seems to be paying off, even though Morrison feels he may still not be as fit as some other years. At the first World Cup of the season, in Chelyabinsk, he finished 3rd in the 1000m and 5th in the 1500m, and a week later, in Astana, he added a 5th place in the 1000m and a silver medal in the 1500m. And finally, at the third World Cup, in Heerenveen, he finished 6th in the 1000m and 5th in the 1500m. Contrary to last season, when Morrison’s results at the Fall World Cups varied from a podium finish to 14th and 16th place finishes, his results seem to have become more consistent again. Morrison reflects: “This season the top 5 or so guys seem closer packed than sometimes in the past. Physically I'm stronger but still maybe not as fit as some other years, and I still have some technical adjustments to make which should improve my times.”

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Categories: In the Spotlight, Season 2011-2012, Results

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