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Olympic speed skater Denny Morrison injured in Calgary motorcycle crash

VANCOUVER – Olympic speed skater, Denny Morrison, who is from Fort St. John, B.C., was injured Thursday night in a serious motorcycle crash in Calgary.

Police say the motorcycle collided with a car while travelling along Charleswood Drive N.W. near the Brentwood Village Shopping Centre around 7 p.m.

The impact of the collision caused the car to roll onto its side.

Police investigate a collision between a motorcycle and a car along Charleswood Drive N.W. on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Police investigate a collision between a motorcycle and a car along Charleswood Drive N.W. on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Global News

The four-time Olympic medalist suffered a femur fracture in the crash. The Canadian Olympic Committee said on Twitter it was a clean fracture and Morrison will need an operation for the placement of a metal rod to stabilize the femur.

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He is currently in Calgary’s Foothills Hospital.

“At this moment, our thoughts are with Denny and his family,”, said Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Director Brian Rahill, in a release. “Under the supervision of our head doctor Victor Lun, we know that Denny is in the care of the best medical professionals.”

“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.”

He is expected to be released from hospital Friday afternoon.

In the Olympics Morrison has won one gold medal, two silver and one bronze.

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– With files from Melissa Ramsay