Denny Morrison involved in motorcycle accident in Calgary

According to Speed Skating Canada, Olympic medallist Denny Morrison suffered a femur fracture after a motorcycle accident on Thursday evening in Calgary.

Among other non-life threatening injuries, the 29-year-old is under care at Calgary’s Foothills Hospital and will require surgery for a clean fracture through his femur (more specifics not initially released). The operation will install a metal rod to stabilize the bone.

Teammates and fans wishing Denny well

Morrison’s 2014-15 season included a first overall World Cup ranking in the 1000m, and 1500m. He also won silver in the 1500m and team pursuit at World Single Distance Championships. A leader on Canada’s long track team, Morrison also has four Olympic medals including team pursuit gold from Vancouver 2010. He won 1000m silver and 1500m bronze in Sochi.

“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,” said Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Director Brian Rahill.

Morrison has demonstrated resilience before, returning from a leg injury before Sochi 2014: