Canadian speed skater Gilmore Junio stepped aside to let Denny Morrison race the 1,000 metres during the Olympics. Morrison would win a silver medal. Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press
Speedskater Gilmore Junio made worldwide headlines when he stepped aside from the men's 1000 metres at the 2014 Sochi Olympics so 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, and after Junio stepped aside, went on to win a silver medal.
"One of the main reasons why I made my decision was to have — to share a medal moment with Canada and have something people can relate to," Junio told Andrew Nichols in an interview on CBC News Network.
The move to give Junio a medal started with Toronto design agency Jacknife, which led a social media campaign called "Thanks Gilmore" to raise funds through Indiegogo.com.
Junio , a Calgary resident, was awarded the medal in a ceremony at King Edward School in Kitchener, Ont., whose students provided an outstanding level of participation.
The campaign had exceeded its $7,000 goal by Wednesday morning, reaching $7,562. Children at King Edward brought loonies to school, and were able to "fill our bucket," a student said.
"It's definitely going to be a pretty humbling day for sure, getting this medal from the guys from Jacknife and receiving it from the kids who helped [crowdfund] the medal," said Junio.
In accepting the medal, Junio said: "Denny and I were pretty good friends before, and now I guess we have a good story to tell."
The medal is made out of silver to represent Morrison's medal, maplewood to represent Canada, and gold, for Junio, according to Jacknife.
"It obviously means a lot," said Junio.
Correction : An earlier version this story wrongly reversed the speedskater's first and last names. His name is actually Gilmore Junio. (May 14, 2014 9:24 AM)
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