We have company coming later toady and staying for the weekend, so here goes a short post that will have to suffice for awhile.
Denny Morrison, who has had a bit of a hard luck story in past Olympics, failed to qualify for the 1000 metre speed skating event. By that, I mean that he didn't qualify in Canada's selection trials prior to the Olympics because he had a fall and, therefore, a poor time.
Gilmore Junio did qualify, even though the 1000 metre race was not his specialty. Before the race, however, in the interests of the team, he ceded his spot to Morrison, who went on to win the silver medal.
Said Junio: “It is an individual sport. And sometimes you’re kind of looking out for
No. 1, but for me it was a no-brainer for Denny to be in
this distance ... As a country, we want to win.”
We have every right to get upset with Olympic politics and problems, but in the end, the athletes have trained hard for many years, and they deserve their moment, and moments like this are certainly heart-warming.