Update – Denny Morrison wins gold in the Team Pursuit

Photo:  Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux (L-R) skate with two of their country’s flags after winning the men’s team pursuit speed skating finals during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at the Richmond Olympic Oval – REUTERS/Todd Korol
 

Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux of Canada have won Gold at the Vancouver 2010 Games.

The team finished the race with a time of 3:41.37, beating the US by 0.21 seconds.

The United States team featured Brian Hansen, Chad Hedrick and Jonathan Kuck. They finished with a time of 3:41.58.

After the race during an interview with CTV, Denny Morrison said this makes up for the earlier disappointments. "Pretty much it is so exciting to come home with gold. Its been a dream ever since we were kids and to do it here in front of our home crowd, I mean we were not doing this just for ourselves we were doing it for all of Canada."

Premier Gordon Campbell passed on this congratulations, "British Columbians and Canadians everywhere were cheering for Denny and his teammates as they skated to Olympic gold at home. Denny and his fellow Team Canada skaters Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky should be proud of this rare accomplishment and of their incredible performance today."

"This is another history-making moment for our nation. With this eleventh gold medal, Canada has set a new record for gold medals won by any Olympic Winter Games host country. Congratulations to all the members of Team Canada on this outstanding and historic achievement."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had this to say about the win, “Congratulations to our Canadian speed skaters Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky, Mathieu Giroux and Francois-Olivier Roberge, who exhibited incredible team work, perseverance and determination during this endurance race,” said the Prime Minister. “Your stellar performance has truly inspired the entire country.”

If you missed the race, follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSOVwBPGGOU

Morrison won a Silver medal in 2006 at the Torino Games in the same event.