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Conor McDermott-Mostowy

United States

SportSpeed Skating
NOCUnited States
Born13 Jan 1999 in  Washington, DC
GenderMen
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesEnglish
Higher educationNeurological Science - Macalester College: Saint Paul, MN, USA
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/conor.mcdermottmostowy  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachRyan Shimabukuro [national], USA  
When and where did you begin this sport?"I learned to skate when I was two, so it's really something I've always done, but I was never interested in playing hockey or figure skating. When I was about 10 years old, my family and I were skating on the C&O Canal in [Washington] DC when it froze over and some guy went by on speed skates and I said, 'I want those skates!' So my parents found a local club in DC for me to try speed skating, and the rest is history."  
Reason for choosing this sportHe initially competed in short track before taking up speed skating in 2016/17 on the advice of a coach. "I switched from short track to long track speed skating in 2018 after making the 2017 long track junior world team. Part of [what I love about the sport] is that I'm not really into team sports, because at the end of the day, if you don't do well, there's no one you can blame except yourself, and I like that aspect of it. It's also just an amazing feeling to go that fast. At our fastest, we skate at about 35 miles per hour - or I do, some people skate faster than me, obviously."  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 28 Oct 2021)  
HobbiesSkiing, cycling. (Instagram profile, 28 Oct 2021)  
Other informationBEST SEASON
In March 2021 he described the 2020/21 season as the best of his career so far. "What started as a season of uncertainty with a new team, new coach, and the threat of COVID cancelling competition for the year, has ended up being the best year of skating I have ever had. This year [2020/21] I have achieved every goal I had, more than I thought possible. I focused on the 1500m, dropping a lot of time, and making it a competitive distance for me. I made the World Cup team and subsequently qualified for [the 2021] world championships, allowing me to go to the Netherlands for a month and compete against the best in the world. At [the 2021] US championships I skated PBs in both the 1000m and 1500m walking away with a gold and bronze respectively. In a year of physical distancing, I have become closer to my teammates." (Instagram profile, 09 Mar 2021)

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL
In 2021 he chose to speak publicly about being a gay athlete, saying that he came from a positive background of acceptance within his family and fellow skaters. "I can't think of anything [negative] that's ever been directed at me specifically. I've heard of some skaters saying homophobic stuff, not about me, but just in general. I've never had a bad experience with anybody personally. As a gay athlete, I think visibility is extremely important. [Sports] is an area in which gay people are underrepresented, and hopefully by seeing more 'out' athletes, more gay people will feel comfortable coming out and participating in sports. I guess making it as an 'out' gay athlete would be great to maybe be a role model for somebody and inspire somebody else to pursue the Olympics. If a happy coming-out story, a happy athletic story, can help someone, that's great. And also to put myself out there. If anyone had ever wondered if I'm gay, now they'll know. If anyone feels uncomfortable asking me, they don't have to ask me. I can put myself out there and kind of go back to focusing on skating." (Instagram profile, 28 Oct 2021; outsports.com, 15 Mar 2021; fox9.com, 19 Mar 2021)

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES
He has studied neuroscience at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, United States of America. His choice of college was influenced by the skating opportunities available. "I've had a lot of family go to Macalester, but I also wanted to be in a place where I could skate and go to school. And actually right in Roseville, there is John Rose Oval, which has an outdoor speed skating oval, and that factored into my decision a lot. My academic interests include biomedical applications of CRISPR [DNA sequencing] technologies, novel HIV treatments, and social justice in medicine and the sciences." (macalester.edu, 01 Feb 2021; LinkedIn profile, 02 Nov 2021)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m17  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1500m21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m17  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m19