US Olympic Speed Skating Trials Results


Congratulations to all participants.  It take a great deal of work to reach this elite level of competition.

Congratulations also to those who have already made the team.  The final team selection will be announced at the conclusion of racing on Wednesday, January 1st.

This was my Olympics.  My goal was to qualify to be here and race my best.  I achieved this goal.

I have qualified at age 19, 49, 53 (oldest ever) and now at 57, adding 4 years.

I am skating faster than ever, and able to maintain a very high level of training and competition for 9 seasons in a row.

Nancy Swider – Peltz, Sr, has been my coach for the last 3 seasons. Nancy is a four-time Olympian, 8 time competitor in the Olympic trials, and former world record holder. She also trains other Olympians.

Nancy Swider_Peltz, Sr. says, “Bruce’s technical skill on the ice are close to perfectly efficient and surpasses all expectations I (or anyone else) would have for a 57-year-old. It is this, and his training discipline, that has brought him to the level of qualifying for the Olympic trials with the young guys in “what the books would say” are distances most difficult as you get older.”

Saturday was the 500 meter race.  I get to skate two times, one from each starting lane with about 90 minutes between races.  The total time for both races determines the final standings.  The first was from the outer lane, good start, building speed in the first turn.  Crossover to the inner lane on the backstretch to finish.  Tight second turn with this speed.  It is exhilarating and scary at 36 miles per hour the on the edge of a 1.1 millimeter blade.  Nice finish and a time of 39.29.  Seasons best!

Next 500 from the inner lane.  Good opening 100 meters again but a slight stumble at 80 meters.  Regroup to get nice acceleration in the first turn.  Good pressure on my strokes on the backstretch as I switch to the outer lane.  Set up the last turn, hit my mark, nice corner staying low to reduce the wind drag.  Solid finish to reveal at time of 39.57.

Sunday is the 1000 meter race, my favorite.  I have the inner lane to start, also my preference.  Really good start, nice acceleration through the first turn.  Very fast first lap, as fast as my 500 yesterday, nice.  Now, to hang onto my speed.  Maintaining technique to keep the momentum.  Oxygen debt kicking in, lactic acid building in the legs to make skating

difficult.  This is when all the hard work pays off.  Digging deep emotionally, summoning the support of all the people who stand with me.  Smooth and still powerful strokes all the way to the finish.  This is all I have.  I stand up to look at the score board that reveals a  1:18.10, seasons best, better than I expected.

Mission accomplished and goals achieved.

Getting better and going faster is more about intention and choice than age.

I am so grateful for all the support, my wife Maripat, father, brothers, children, coach, fellow training group, and masters, just to name a few.

The journey has been the reward along with the tangible results.

Thank you all for your support, I feel it everyday.

Photo by Jerry Search

Photo by Jerry Search

 

 

 

Olympic Trials TV and Race Schedule


Happy Holidays Everyone!  Grateful for all who are in my life.  You are all truly amazing. Thank you for all the support. I could not have come this far without you.  Good luck to all my fellow competitors!

Here are the racing and TV schedules for the upcoming Olympic trials, enjoy.

I am racing Saturday 12/28  and Sunday 12/29.

EVENT SCHEDULE

DATE AND TIME EVENT
27 Dec 2013 – 3:30pm Ladies 3000m / Men 5000m
28 Dec 2013 – 9:30am Ladies 500m / Men 500m
29 Dec 2013 – 11:30am Ladies 1000m / Men 1000m
31 Dec 2013 – 3:00pm Ladies 1500m / Men 1500m
1 Jan 2014 – 1:30pm Ladies 5000m / Men 10000m
* times are subject to change

BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

 

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Fri., December 27 Men’s 5000m and Women’s 3000m NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., December 28 Men’s & Women’s 500m NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., December 29 Men’s & Women’s 1000m NBC 3 p.m.
Tue., December 31 Men’s & Women’s 1500m NBCSN 6 p.m.
Wed., January 1 Men’s 10,000m & Women’s 5000m NBCSN 5 p.m.
       

 

My Skating Family. L to R, Jeffrey Swider-Peltz, Nancy Swider- Peltz, Jr, Brian Hansen, Maripat Conner (wife), Bruce Conner, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Sr (Coach)

My Skating Family.
L to R, Jeffrey Swider-Peltz, Nancy Swider- Peltz, Jr, Brian Hansen, Maripat Conner (wife), Bruce Conner, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Sr (Coach)

Press Release For Upcoming Olympic Trials


For Immediate Release From Bart Conner 1984 Olympic Champion 12/15/2013

At age 57 United Airlines 747 Captain Bruce Conner Qualifies for his 4th US Olympic Trials in Long Track Speed Skating.  Bruce Conner hopes to inspires others.

He has qualified at age 19, 49, 53 and now at 57, the oldest competitor ever.

For the 4th time in his life, Bruce Conner has qualified to skate with the best in the sport. Narrowly missing the Olympic team in 1975 at age 19, he retired from the sport and pursued his other passion, flying.  Now at the top of his field as a United 747 Captain, he flies all over the world.  His other full time job is training to compete at an elite level of competition.

He is skating faster than ever, and able to maintain a very high level of training and competition for 9 seasons in a row.  He will be competing in the 500 meter race on December 28th, and the 1000 meter race on December 29th, in Salt Lake City.

Nancy Swider – Peltz, Sr, has been his coach for the last 3 seasons.  Nancy is a four time Olympian, 8 time competitor of the Olympic trials, and former world record holder.  She also trains other Olympians. She says, “Bruce’s technical skill on the ice are close to perfectly efficient and surpasses all expectations I (or anyone else) would have for a 57 year old.  It is this, and his training discipline, that has brought him to the level of qualifying for the Olympic trials with the young guys in “what the books would say” are distances most difficult as you get older.”

Bruce trains 3 to 4 times per week on an indoor 400 meter track at the Pettit National  Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a 150 mile round trip journey from his home in Kildeer, Illinois.

Conner”s family has experienced sports success in the past.  Bruce’s younger brother Bart is a 1984 two time Olympic Gold medalist in gymnastics.  Bart is married to Olympic Champion Nadia Comenici.

“The Trials are my Olympics.  I know that my times will not be fast enough to make the US team.  I consider this accomplishment a victory lap for all Master Athletes.”

Bruce’s accomplishments are a testament to his philosophy which is.

“Let age enhance your dreams rather than define them.”

“Getting better and going faster is more about intention and choice than age.”

For more information on Bruce Conner you can check out his website

http://www.brucewconner.com

For more info contact: Bruce Conner 847-370-5405

Masters World Sprints, Salt Lake City, March 2013

Masters World Sprints, Salt Lake City, March 2013