Speedskater Denny Morrison optimistic as he recovers from stroke

Denny Morrison is recovering in hospital in Utah today after suffering a stroke on Saturday, April 23. 

According to a statement from Speed Skating Canada, Morrison's teammate Josie Spence noticed signs of the stroke after they had finished a month-long bike on the Arizona Trail. 

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She brought Morrison to the hospital where he underwent examination. Morrison was transported to a second hospital and has shown improvement.

"A computerized tomography (CT Scan) and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test confirmed a brain blood clot and a carotid artery dissection. No surgery was required and no blood thinners are being used," Speed Skating Canada said in a statement. 

The Olympian couldn't be immediately reached for comment Sunday, but told Speed Skating Canada he's doing well and hopes for a speedy recovery.

“The doctor suggested that I recovered quickly because I am a very healthy young person”, Morrison said. “I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support, and especially Josie who is with me and who was able to recognize the signs quickly.”

The stroke comes just a year after Morrison was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that forced him to miss most of the 2015-2016. He did compete in the final event to conclude the season. 

Speed Skating Canada hopes for an update in the coming days. Morrison's return to Canada is still to be determined.

sports@ahnfsj.ca

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