Gilmore Junio (left) gave up his spot in Sochi to Denny Morrison (right), a three-time Olympian who did not qualify in his 1,000-meter speedskating event during the trials in Calgary last month. “How Denny is skating now, I believe it’s in the best interest of the team if he races,” Junio said. “To represent Canada at the Olympics is a huge honour and privilege but I believe that as Canadians, we’re not just here to compete; we are here to win. Denny has proven to be a consistent medal threat in the distance.”
Russian athlete Anton Gafarov crashed during his run, breaking his left ski. After stumbling to finish the course, Canadian cross-country coach Justin Wadsworth ran onto the slope and replaced the broken ski. “I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line,” said Wadsworth.
Canadian freestyle skiers and sisters Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (left) won silver and Justine Dufour-Lapointe (right) won gold. Even though their eldest sister, Maxime (below), finished 12th, she continued to cheer her siblings on from the crowd.
The two Canadian freestyle skiers grew up skiing on the same slopes, with the same clubs, and under the same coaches. When Alex Bilodeau (right) won gold over his close competitor Mikael Kingsbury (left), who won silver, Bilodeau graciously passed the torch. “That guy that finished second, he is going to win everything after I’m gone,” Bilodeau said.
“Whatever I do in life, my brother is my real inspiration,” Bilodeau was quoted as saying by The Denver Post. “Just like you and I, he has dreams and most of them are not realizable to him. But he never complains that it’s not realistic to him… He lives his dreams through me. So today, [and] Vancouver, for me, it’s the least I can do. He is my everyday inspiration.”