Congratulations to Conor McDermott-Mostowy ’17 on winning the U.S. Championships in the 1000-meter long track speed skating event and the Men’s mass start event. He also finished third, with another personal best time, in the 1500-meter race. The races aired on NBCSports.
When we last caught up with Conor, he’d just qualified for a spot on the Senior World Speed Skating Team by taking third in the 1000-meter event and was hoping to break 1:09.00. Now, he’s very nearly broken 1:08.00—finishing with a personal and season best time of 1.08,12!
“Although this race doesn’t have the gravitas of World Championships, winning here is one of my happiest skating moments to date,” Conor said.
Conor has his sights set on a possible bid for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Just five years ago, he made the switch from short to long track and was one of the youngest athletes at the World Championships last month. It’s safe to say that there will be plenty more successes to applaud.
Also, SBNation’s Outsports just published an interview today focused on Conor’s achievements at the US Championships and his decision to come out as gay publicly. You can read the article at https://bit.ly/conoroutsports or listen on the podcast Five Rings to Rule Them All on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
“If a happy coming-out story, a happy athletic story, can help someone, that’s great,” he says.