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Canadian Men claim silver in Team Pursuit at WC Event

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM


THE CANADIAN PRESS- 11/27/2010 1:42:37 PM


HAMAR, Norway -- Denny Morrison is drawing just as much motivation from his good results as his bad ones these days.

The speedskater from Fort St. John, B.C., took a self-described "personal mental break" from training this summer and has seen his World Cup season get off to a bit of a slow start.

His best results of the year came Saturday, when Morrison won silver as part of the men's team pursuit and finished sixth in the 1,500 metres. He was particularly pleased to stand on the podium alongside Regina natives Lucas Makowsky and Justin Warsylewicz.

"It was kind of cool," Morrison said on a conference call. "But getting poor results is also, in a way, motivating for me because it tells me that I need to do some things (in training) I don't want to. Next year I'll come back and hopefully do them a bit better. "Definitely towards 2014, I'll get stronger and stronger."

The men's pursuit team finished 1.03 seconds behind the U.S.

Morrison and Makowsky were part of the team that won gold at the Vancouver Olympics. It was the first time they were paired with Warsylewicz at a World Cup event this year.

"It's just nice to see Justin skating so well again and to know that we have another guy who can basically help us to challenge for the gold medal," said Morrison.

In the 1,500, American Trevor Marsicano beat Dutch skater Simon Kuipers in a time of 1:45.54. Kuipers trailed the Olympic silver medallist by 0.43 seconds.

U.S. two-time Olympic champion Shani Davis finished third, 0.44 seconds back. Morrison was just under a second behind Marsicano.

"I kind of like that I'm as close as I am given the lack of training," said Morrison.

One area where he's struggled is with his endurance.

"Things are still coming together a bit," said Morrison. "I just felt technically good, but the finish isn't there. I never really put as much emphasis on training this summer as I have in previous years and it's showing in the last lap of my 1,500s."

Stephanie Beckert of Germany won the women's 5,000 in 6:59.18. Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic was 4.77 seconds back, followed by Eriko Ishino of Japan in third, 7.52 seconds behind.

Winnipeg natives Brittany Schussler and Cindy Klassen finished sixth and seventh, respectively.


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