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Long track up-and-comer becomes a national hero

Produced by HALEY ANDERSON

Olympic speed skater Gilmore Junio is being praised for the race he did not skate earlier today. Despite spending years preparing, Junio forfeited his position to allow teammate Denny Morrison to compete in the 1,000-metre event.

Though Junio placed 10th in the 500-metre event on Monday, his Olympic debut had promised him one more shot at the podium. However, he said via press release that he thought it was in the best interest of the team if Morrison raced his next event.

Despite leaving Sochi without a medal, making it to the Sochi Olympic Games was a victory all the same after Junio overcame a devastating injury four years ago.

He broke his back in two places while competing in a short track speed skating event. For more on Junio's comeback from a broken back, watch Calgary Journal reporter Haley Anderson's story, recorded shortly before he left for Sochi.

Shortly after the injury, Junio decided to transition into long track speed skating because it was said to be a safer way to train.

"As far as mentors go I really look up to Denny Morrison," said Junio earlier this month. "Since day one I've been trying to chase (him). (He's) changed the way I look at skating."

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How two parents coped with a young child who wouldn't eat

Produced by DONELLA SWAN, DANIELLE SEMRAU AND HANNAH KOST

Ron and Michelle Pisoni live just outside of Medicine Hat, Alta., with their two daughters. Their youngest, Kalista, refused to eat for the first three years of her life.

Now a healthy 15-year-old competitive gymnast, Kalista has long outgrown this concerning behaviour. But the memory of their struggle remains vivid for her parents, who fought to seek medical treatments and keep their daughter healthy.

Calgary kink and BDSM community holds fundraiser for non-profit group this Valentine's Day long weekend

 

Produced by JUSTIN WILSON and HANNAH CAWSEY

Crimson Events, a Calgary-based performance art group, is a staple in Calgary's thriving kink and BDSM community – BDSM being an erotic practice built around the practices of bondage and the interaction between the dominant and the submissive.

Over the years, the company, specializing in various forms of adult entertainment, has paired with a number of charitable organizations; the most recent being HIV Community Link who they've partnered with for their upcoming event.

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David and Marion Perry moving past effects of June flood

Produced by VICTORIA PIZARRO

By the looks of the Perry's dining room, you wouldn't believe that only six months ago this room was under water. New flooring and dry wall give the notion that it was just a home renovation, but you only have to look down the stairs to the basement to see the disastrous damages the legendary flood caused.

With the flood the Perrys lost over half their home, valuable and priceless keepsakes. Despite losing these things, the Perry family says they are moving forward and don't see this upcoming holiday season as an ending, but as a new beginning.

To read the Perry's full story, click here.