Long-track speed skater Gilmore Junio says it would be a “huge honour” to carry the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.
Junio gave up his spot in the 1,000 metre final on Wednesday, so that teammate Denny Morrison, who he thought had a better chance at finishing on the podium, could compete in the event instead. After Morrison skated to a silver-medal finish, he effectively launched a campaign to have Junio selected as Canada’s flag-bearer.
Taking to Twitter, Morrison made his gratitude clear.
“@cdnhappygilmore for Closing Ceremonies flag-bearer! This guy showing everything that is Canadian pride and Olympic Pride. #ThankYouGilmore," Morrison tweeted.
“I’m very flattered that he kind of started (the campaign),” Junio told CTV’s Canada AM on Thursday. “But there are so many great Canadian stories that have happened in these Games and have yet to be told.”
Even if he isn’t chosen to carry the Canadian flag, the 23-year-old Olymipan says that being “considered is an honour in itself.”
Morrison, ranked 6th in the world in the 1,000 metres, failed to qualify for the event after falling during the Canadian trials in December. Junio ranks 41st in the world in the event.