Denny Morrison involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Calgary

Four-time Long Track Speed Skating Olympic medalist Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., suffered a femur fracture as well as other non-life-threatening injuries following a motorcycle accident early Thursday night in Calgary.

Denny Morrison is presently under the care of the Calgary’s Foothills Hospital orthopaedic trauma surgery department, which is in constant communication with Canadian speed skating team head doctor Victor Lun. Morrison suffered a clean fracture through the middle of his femur and will need an operation for the placement of a metal rod to stabilize the femur.

“At this moment, our thoughts are with Denny and his family”, said Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Director Brian Rahill. “Under the supervision of our head doctor Victor Lun, we know that Denny is in the care of the best medical professionals.”

“It is premature at this point to determine what will come next, as well as the duration of his convalescence. However, knowing Denny’s determination, we know he will do everything possible to be back on his feet as soon as possible.”

Denny Morrison has won four career Olympic medals, including one gold (2010) and one silver (2006) in the team pursuit event. In 2014 in Sochi, he won the silver medal in the 1000m event and the bronze in the 1500m race. This season, he finished first in overall World Cup rankings in those same two events, in addition to winning silver medals in the 1500m and the team pursuit events at the World Single Distance Championships.
   
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