20-year-old Conor McGovern brings home a bronze - thanks to 0.05 seconds

“I didn’t realize it was that close.”

Conor McGovernOn Tuesday, February 26, McGovern narrowly outstretched Team Alberta’s Reed Godfrey to win the bronze medal in cross country ski’s free male sprint, gliding by with only a 0.05 second difference in time.

“Being able to have nothing else in my head, I did the main climb and raced through the finish.”

McGovern grew up in Winnipeg and has been cross country skiing since he was four years old. He started competing around the age of 11 out of the Red River Nordic club. He’s been training in Thunder Bay, under Adam Katz, since last summer for the 2019 Canada Games.

“I had a tough year last year. I overtrained so I took about three months off and have been building back from that.”

He participated in the trials at Turtle Mountain in December 2018 and was named to the Canada Games team shortly after. This is his third multi-sport Games experience, as he competed in both the 2010 Manitoba Games and 2015 Canada Winter Games.

“I was pretty young at other Games, I’d just turned 16 before the last Canada Games and it was cool being around guys who’d just returned from world and national championships. Now it’s fun to be back and be older, and more competitive, and see the progression from being here in previous years.”

McGovern is very pleased with his performance at these Games and is already looking ahead to the 2019 Canadian Ski Championships in Ottawa in just over a week’s time followed by the 2019 World Cup Finals in Quebec.

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