Denny Morrison was born 8 September 1985 in Chetwynd, B.C. Canada.
His hometown is Fort St. John, B.C. where he grew up with his parents, Carol and Denny, his older sister Julie, and his older brother Jay.
Denny Morrison has been a member of the Canadian team for the 8th year now and already experienced two Olympic Games. He's currently training with Canada's new coach, Bart Schouten.
Denny started speed skating when he was 3 years old and untill 2002-2003 competed in shorttrack aswell as longtrack speed skating.
Now he competes in the 500m, 1.000m, 1.500m, 5.000m and Team Pursuit.
He already won a Silver Medal in the Torino 2006 Olympics with the team pursuit and collected his first individual gold medal at the World Cup in Calgary March 2007.
In the 2007-2008 season, he became World Champion in the 1.500 meter event and set a World Record at this distance aswell. He currently holds the trackrecord at 4 differant Icerinks across the globe.
Denny competed in 4 events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. He raced the 5.000m, the 1.000m and the 1.500m. The results were not as good as hoped and expected, but together with Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux, he won Olympic Gold in the men's Team Pursuit, beating former Olympic Champions Italy in the quater final in a new Olympic Record. Passed Norway in another Olympic Record in the semi-finals and finally beat Team USA in the final.
Over the past two seasons, results have varied, but in march 2012, Denny Morrison crowned himself once again as World Champion in the 1.500m during the World Single Distance Championships in Heerenveen, the Netherlands
In the 2012-2013 season, Morrison was the leader in the World Cup standing over 1.000m but a cross country ski accident during Christmas break, caused for a broken fibula, leaving him out for the rest of the season.
The Olympic season, Morrison was haunted by injuries, and didn't make the Olympic team in the 1.000m. At his last distance, he did qualify for the 1.500m event in Sochi 2014. Team Canada left for the Sochi Winter Olympics with Morrison only scheduled to race 1 event. But teammate Gilmore Junio gave up his spot in the 1.000m, to give Canada a chance of a medal. Morrison took the opportunity with both hands and skated the best race of the last two seasons. He claimed the silver and 3 days later, added a 4th Olympic medal by winning bronze in the 1.500m event.
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Jolanda Abbes asked Denny Morrison some things everybody should know about him.
Here are some remarkable answers:
What is your favourite food?
“Homemade pizza with lots and lots of toppings.”
What is your favourite movie?
“Right now, I'd have to say Transformers.”
What is you favourite book?
“Car and Driver.”
What is your favourite music?
”Whatever is playing at Cafe Bok on Sunday night.”
What were the first and last concerts you went to?
“The first concert I ever went to was Metallica and the most recent was Tiësto.”
What was the first cd you ever bought?
Which three items/people would you take with you on the road if you could?
“My pillow, my laptop, and my Xbox.”
What personal things DO you take with you when you’re on the road (if any)?
”Same! Sometimes I take a framed picture of my car, haha.”
Who is your (childhood) hero?
“Superman – obviously! But other than fictional superheroes, then looking back now,
my brother was always the one I idolized growing up.
I hope we will stand on a podium at an international competition together one day!”
Who or what did you want to be when you grew up?
“When I was young, my dad convinced me that I should do really well in school
so that I could become either a lawyer, doctor, or engineer.
Well, I did really well in school, but only became a speed skater.”
When did you win your first medal and what was it for?
“I think my first medal was actually for speed skating!
A provincial age class competition I think.”
What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?
“Preparing for the 2018 games! Sad, but true.”
What do you like to do when you’re not training?
“Work on my car, or do some woodworking, and play videogames.”
What do YOU think every fan should know about you?
”I'm not as mean as I look!”