Morrison arrives in Fort St. John with Gilmore Junio

Morrison says that seeing a crowd waiting for him at the airport is a great feeling and it’s something he’s thought about for quite some time.

“It’s pretty cool to come home. When I first made Junior Worlds in Japan in 2003 I thought I’d have a reception but it’s cool to finally have what I dreamt of happening back 11 years ago happen today.”

Gilmore Junio is also in Fort St John as he accompanied Morrison on his trip back home. Junio says he’ll likely be shadowing Morrison throughout their stay and is happy to meet all of the fans.

“It’s my first time here and from the reception that we got here it’s pretty awesome so we’re looking forward to a week here,” he says. “I’m pretty much just following Denny around and I’ll shake anybody’s hand who wants to shake mine.”

He adds that while himself and Morrison have been documenting their adventures together on Twitter since the Olympics, the two speed skaters were already good friends long before Junio gave up his spot in the 1,000 metre race.

“We were friends for the past four years. Our Europe trip we planned well before Sochi but I think the games brought us a bit closer as friends but we’ve always been pretty good buddies,” Junio states. “Training four years with the guy it’s been great to share the experience.”

During his time back in Fort St. John Morrison will be speaking at five schools, taking part in a community celebration event at the Pomeroy Sport Centre tomorrow night from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., and he’ll also be speaking at the City Community Awards Celebration Thursday night at the Lido Theatre.