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Olympic medalist Denny Morrison on the good and the bad of growing up in Fort St John

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Olympic speed skater Denny Morrison at the Pomeroy Sports Centre in Fort St John (CBC). 

Denny Morrison won silver and bronze medals at the most recent Olympics games in Sochi. Now, the speed-skater is visiting his hometown of Fort St John.

"Fort St John is where it all started for me," he says. "So it's cool to just stay involved with the local community there, and the schools, and the clubs, and I guess lots of people, young kids there know my name so it's cool to come say 'hi' to them."

While Morrison is proud of his hometown, he's not proud about everything in his past. He made headlines when a gay nightclub in Calgary sponsored him at the Olympics, amid anti-homosexuality laws in Russia.

"Growing up... being a speedskater in what's predominanty a hockey-playing city, people would insinuate that I was gay and call me figure skater and just tease and bully me. I could usually overcome it, but it made me a little sensitive to the issue. And I wanted to prove how not gay I was by perhaps saying and doing some things which were anti-gay, perhaps. And I regret that now, and I look back on that with a lot of disappointment."

Listen to the full conversation, including why Morrison believes there should be more bike lanes in Canada:

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