Winter Games Athletes
The leader of Canada's medal-winning team pursuit squads each of the past two Olympics, Morrison is just grateful he'll have the opportunity to compete in his third straight Winter Games. Morrison earned his spot on the 2014 Olympic roster after rallying to win the 1,500 meters in a time of a 1:45.00 at the recent national trials. It presented a moment of relief for Morrison, who earlier in the competition clipped his skates and fell during the 1,000. He placed 19th in the 1,000 in Turin in 2006 and 13th four years later in Vancouver, but will be an alternate for the event in Sochi. Though Morrison has not finished better than ninth (1,500 in 2010) while taking part in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000 on an Olympic individual front, he is likely to again be counted on to pace a team pursuit squad that won silver in Turin and gold in Vancouver with Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux. Morrison began speedskating at 3 years old when his local rink didn't offer a hockey program for children that young. He earned his first individual gold medal during the 2007 World Cup season and won world championships in the 1,500 in 2008 and 2012. Morrison was named Canada's long-track speedskater of the year in 2009.