Gilmore Junio became internationally known for his remarkable display of sportsmanship at Sochi 2014 when he gave his spot in the 1000m to teammate Denny Morrison, who had missed qualifying in that event after a fall at the Canadian trials. Morrison went on to win silver, a medal the two friends celebrated together. A few months later Junio was gifted with a special commemorative crowd-funded medal. Earlier in the Games, Junio had finished 10th in his specialty, the 500m, ranking him as the top Canadian in the event.
Junio had shown much promise as a short track skater, but disaster struck in his last year as a junior. Two weeks before the Canadian Junior Championships he was taken out during a race and fell into the boards head first, suffering compression fractures to his T5 and T8 vertebrae. Two days after he got home he decided to switch to long track where there was less risk of falling and re-injuring himself. Just two months later he took part in his first international competition and then competed at the 2010 World Junior Championships where he finished fourth in the 500m. In the summer of 2010 Junio was named to the national long track development team and competed at four World Cup stops.
The 2011-12 season saw more progress as he consistently competed in the A group at World Cups against the world’s best skaters. He had his big breakthrough in 2012-13 when he won his first World Cup medal, a silver in the 500m at Nagano in December. He ended the season ranked in the top-10 of the World Cup 500m standings and competed at his first World Single Distances Championships. Junio earned his first World Cup victory on November 15, 2013 when he tied for first in a 500m in Salt Lake City. Through the 2016-17 season, Junio has a total of eight World Cup medals in the 500m, including two gold. In 2015-16 he finished third in the overall World Cup standings for the 500m. Junio spent the summer of 2017 training in Norway under the guidance of Canadian sprint legend Jeremy Wotherspoon.
Getting to Know Gilmore
Getting into the Sport: Started playing hockey at age seven; as he got older realized he was too small to make a career of it but was a strong skater… In the summer of 2003 his father suggested he try speed skating because there was a talent ID camp at the Olympic Oval in Calgary… He soon got a letter telling him he had potential and should consider pursuing the sport… Outside Interests: Studying kinesiology at the University of Calgary; would like to become a physiotherapist… Stays occupied on the road by learning guitar and magic tricks; also interested in photo/video editing and production… Stays active in off-season by biking, skiing, playing hockey… Ambassador for United Way Calgary… Odds and Ends: Sporting idol is former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla… Nicknames: Gil, Chipotle… Has never been more proud to be Canadian than the 24 hours during Vancouver 2010 when Canada won team pursuit and men’s hockey gold… Likes to have a steak dinner before a competition… Favourite quote: “The greatest untapped source of motivation is a sense of service to others” – Adam Grant…
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Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2014 – 10th (500m)
ISU World Single Distances Championships: 2016 – 10th (500m); 2015 – 8th (500m); 2013 – 19th (500m)
ISU World Sprint Championships: 2015 – 19th (overall); 2013 – 14th (overall)