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Gilmore Junio SpeakerCanadian Olympic speed skater Gilmore Junio has become one of the most well-known athletes in the world after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, but not for the reason you may think. No, Junio did not medal at the games and in fact, did not even come close to the podium. However, it was a honorable gesture of good faith for his teammate that has earned him his fame.

Heading into the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Junio had qualified for both the 500m and 1,000m short distance competitions, something he had dreamed about doing his entire life. However, after finishing 10th in the 500m he did something that no one expected, rather than lacing back up his skates for redemption in the 1,000m, he gave up his spot in the race to his teammate Danny Morrison. Morrison had been hurt during qualifying, and Junio simply felt that he [Morrison] gave Canada a better chance of winning a medal. Turns out Junio was right, and after blazing the ice for Bronze Medal, Morrison made Junio a prophet.

Due to his inspiring and honorable gesture, Junio has become a true example of what it means to be a dedicated teammate and countryman. With that in mind, TEDXYYC has chosen him to be the featured speaker at their fifth annual event on June 13 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

“Obviously Gilmore Junio has recently received quite a bit of publicity because of the honorable thing that he did at the Olympics this year and he’s also a Calgarian. So, we thought he would be a great way to kick off our event. he’s a recognizable name but also someone who is inspiring the Calgary community. So we kind of wanted to start off with that,” says Jo Pesta, TEDxYYC committee Chair.

Heading into the next ISU World Cup Junio hopes to build off the success of the 2013-14 season and his appearance at the Olympic Games. During the 2014 season he was sponsored Phillipines telecommunications network PLDT, and will no doubt be landing more sponsors going forward not only for his performance on the track but also for the man he is off the track.

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