B.C. native Denny Morrison is in hospital after being involved in a motorcycle accident in Calgary on Thursday night.
The four-time long track speed skating Olympic medalist was on a motorcycle that collided into another vehicle at approximately 6:45 p.m. MDT. The impact was so powerful that it caused the other vehicle to tip over.
Morrison was thrown into the air and rushed to hospital. There were initial reports that he was in a critical condition, however upon arrival at the hospital his condition was improved to stable but a serious condition.
According to Speed Skating Canada, the 29-year-old “suffered a femur fracture as well as other non-life-threatening injuries.”
“At this moment, our thoughts are with Denny and his family”, said Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Director Brian Rahill in a statement. “Under the supervision of our head doctor Victor Lun, we know that Denny is in the care of the best medical professionals.”
It is not known when Morrison will be able to begin to train again. He was scheduled to resume training next month.
“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.”
Morrison could also face charges for his role in the incident.