Speed Skating Canada

National Team | Long Track

Gilmore Junio

BIOGRAPHY

A Filipino Canadian who grew up in Calgary, Gilmore Junio’s path to the upper echelon of the international speed skating world has been quite unique.

An avid hockey player growing up, Junio transitioned to speed skating when he realized he was too small to make a career of it. He initially showed promise as a short track skater, but disaster struck when he fractured in two vertebrae in a crash during his last year as a junior in 2009. It was at that point that he decided to switch to long track, where there was less risk of falling and re-injuring himself.

Junio was named to the national long track development team in 2010 and competed in the first World Cups of his career later that year. He won his first World Cup medal during the 2012-2013 campaign and has gone on to earn 12 more, including six during the 2015-2016 season where he finished a career-best third overall in the 500m World Cup rankings.

Junio represented Canada in the 500m at both Sochi 2014 and 2018 PyeongChang, finishing ranked 10th and 17th, respectively. While his Olympic performances were impressive, it was a remarkable display of sportsmanship off the ice during Sochi 2014 that earned Junio international recognition. He selflessly gave up his spot in the 1000m to teammate Denny Morrison, who failed to qualify for the distance at the Canadian trials. Morrison went on to win a silver medal and that moment has gone on to inspire countless Canadians.

Junio was crowned champion of the prestigious De Zilveren Bal in 2016, a 100m competition between the world’s top sprinters.

QUICK FACTS

DATE OF BIRTH

August 6, 1990

BIRTHPLACE

Calgary, Alta.

HOMETOWN

Calgary, Alta.

TRAINING CENTRE

Olympic Oval (Calgary)

COACH

Mark Wild

CLUB

Calgary Speed Skating Club, Ichiban Speed Skating Club

SPEED SKATING IDOL

Jeremy Wotherspoon

HOBBIES

Avid video gamer and I stream on Twitch

FAVOURITE SPORT

Hockey

FAVOURITE MOVIE

Cool Runnings

FAVOURITE PLACE TO SKATE

Stavanger, Norway

BEST ADVICE

If you’re going to do something, do it right

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RESULTS

SEASON COMPETITION EVENT POSITION
2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint 1
2017/2018 World Cup Calgary Team Sprint 1
2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City 500m 1
2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger Team Sprint 1
2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 500m 1
2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint 2
2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 500m 2
2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 500m 2
2015/2016 World Cup (Overall Rankings) 500m 3
2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 500m 3
2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 500m 3
2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint 3
2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 500m 3
SEASON
2015/2016
COMPETITION
World Cup Heerenveen
EVENT
Team Sprint
POSITION
1
SEASON
2017/2018
COMPETITION
World Cup Calgary
EVENT
Team Sprint
POSITION
1
SEASON
2013/2014
COMPETITION
World Cup Salt Lake City
EVENT
500m
POSITION
1
SEASON
2017/2018
COMPETITION
World Cup Stavanger
EVENT
Team Sprint
POSITION
1
SEASON
2015/2016
COMPETITION
World Cup Inzell
EVENT
500m
POSITION
1
SEASON
2015/2016
COMPETITION
World Cup Heerenveen
EVENT
Team Sprint
POSITION
2
SEASON
2013/2014
COMPETITION
World Cup Inzell
EVENT
500m
POSITION
2
SEASON
2012/2013
COMPETITION
World Cup Nagano
EVENT
500m
POSITION
2
SEASON
2015/2016
COMPETITION
World Cup (Overall Rankings)
EVENT
500m
POSITION
3
SEASON
2013/2014
COMPETITION
World Cup Heerenveen
EVENT
500m
POSITION
3
SEASON
2015/2016
COMPETITION
World Cup Heerenveen
EVENT
500m
POSITION
3
SEASON
2019/2020
COMPETITION
World Cup Minsk
EVENT
Team Sprint
POSITION
3
SEASON
2015/2016
COMPETITION
World Cup Stavanger
EVENT
500m
POSITION
3