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Join our Thunderclap to cheer on stroke survivor Denny Morrison as he hits the ice for Canada!
Denny Morrison says he’s lucky his then girlfriend and teammate, Josie (Spence), was hiking with him in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It was Josie who recognized that Denny, then 30, was having a stroke.
As they began the drive home to Calgary, it was clear that Denny wasn’t himself, says Josie. The four-time Olympian could effortlessly balance on a 1-millimetre wide blade while skating at 60 kilometres an hour. But when the couple stopped at a rest stop, Denny could barely keep his flip-flop on his foot. Soon, he was slurring his words.
Alarmed, Josie messaged the medical manager of the Canadian speed skating team. He told her Denny needed to get to a hospital immediately.
More than a year since that terrifying day, which came after another devastating setback when Denny was in a motorcycle crash, he is not only on the road to recovery; he has qualified once again to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics. Josie too is skating for Canada.
As the couple prepared for the Olympics in South Korea, they sat down with Heart & Stroke to reflect on stroke and recovery, how the experience has strengthened their relationship and the moments they want to create together.
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