Gilmore Junio to receive medal for Olympic sportsmanship
Calgary speedskater to be presented medal Wednesday
Speedskater Gilmore Junio will be awarded a special medal from fans to commemorate his decision to step aside for teammate Denny Morrison, who went on to win a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics.
The Calgary resident is headed to Kitchener, Ont., where he will receive the medal Wednesday morning at King Edward Public School.
Junio gave up his spot during the Sochi Olympics in the men's 1,000-metre event to Morrison, who had fallen during the qualifying trials.
Morrison, who was a stronger competitor in the 1,000 metres, went on to win a silver medal in that event after taking Junio's place.
Funding for Junio’s commemorative medal was raised through crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo.
Billed as a "medal from Canada," the initiative was launched by Jacknife, a design firm in Toronto, which raised $7,000 from contributors donating $50 each.
Gilmore, who has won many medals in his sport, says this one is extra special.
“It actually means a lot. I’m very appreciative of what the guys at Jacknife have done and people around Canada showing their support and funding this medal that I am going to receive,” he said. “It’s very humbling, for sure.”
King Edward Public School was chosen for the medal presentation because students raised a "significant" amount of money for the medal, said a campaign spokesperson.