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