Canadian Speedskater Who Gave Oympic Dream to Teammate Thanked with Crowdfunded Medal

Canadian Speedskater Who Gave Oympic Dream to Teammate Thanked with Crowdfunded Medal

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Speedskater Gilmore Junio made worldwide headlines when he stepped aside from the men’s 1000 meters at the 2014 Sochi Olympics so that Canadian teammate Denny Morrison could compete, a selfless act for which Junio today received a special commemorative, crowdfunded medal.

Morrison, who’s from B.C., fell during an earlier qualifying round. But after Junio stepped aside, Morrison got another chance, and went on to win a silver medal.

The “Thanks Gilmore” campaign to give Junio his own medal started with Toronto design agency Jacknife calling for fundraising on social media — and earning enough to get the medal made of gold, silver and maplewood.

(READ the story w/ photos  from CBC – also WATCH video news clips of his Olympic gesture)

Story tip from Scott Walker

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