Conrad was named to the national team after a solid 2011-12 season that saw the native of Whistler, B.C., record his first top-30 World Cup result with a 25th-place finish in downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He made five World Cup starts in 2012-13 and had one top-30 finish. When he's not skiing, Conrad enjoys playing guitar, mountain biking and surfing.
25th – Downhill – FIS World Cup – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (2012)
1st – Downhill – Nor-Am Cup – Apex, B.C. (2013)
1st – Downhill – Nor-Am Cup – Aspen, USA (2012)
World Cup rankings (2011-12)
|Ski club:||Whistler Mountain Ski Club|
Nicknames: Jimmy, Connie, C-Rad, Morgan…
First memory of skiing: There was this amazing powder day and I remember being so excited to experience it, but I couldn’t get going fast enough to float on top of the snow and ended up just being stuck in different positions all day. That was probably still the longest single run I’ve ever had. Luckily I was pretty good at leaning back and going in a straight line so by the end of the day I was starting to get the hang of it, but it was still a far cry from how I imagined it would be. I like powder a lot more now though.
Best moment in ski racing: Crossing the line in Garmisch, Germany, in 2012 and earning my first World Cup points. I’d been struggling all year and it was my last shot at making the team, so when I looked over and saw the “25th” next to my name I didn’t really know how to react. At first I wanted to jump up and down and yell, then I felt a little like crying; either way having all of my hard work come together and cash in all at once like that was the best feeling I’ve ever had.
Worst moment in ski racing: The last day of my first month-long tour racing in Europe. I finished 12 seconds out in a FIS giant slalom race, had to pay $500 in overweight charges flying home, my girlfriend broke up with me as soon as my plane landed, and it was raining the whole time. I was pretty sad but I think I’m lucky to be able to say that’s my worst day.
What is your Olympic dream? My biggest Olympic dream would have been to win gold in the downhill at the 2010 Games on my home hill in Whistler, B.C.. I think a gold in Russia would be pretty special too though.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? ‘Paranoid’ by Black Sabbath.
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? My mom and dad, because they have been behind me since day one and have never watched me race in a World Cup before. Also Clint Eastwood circa 1970 because that would be the most badass high-five ever.
Hidden talent: I used to know my way around a sword pretty well, but it’s been a while.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? It might sound clichéd, but I would want to spend the day skiing powder with friends at Whistler in the morning and Blackcomb in the afternoon. That way, if we planned it out right, we could get freshies every run and have one of the best days ever. Then we would catch the Peak-to-Peak back to Whistler and finish off strong with a good après at Dusty’s.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? Musician. I love music and I think playing something that you have created to thousands of people and hearing them respond — feeling the energy it gives them — would be one of the coolest things a person can experience.
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: in the woods mountain biking, on a tennis court, relaxing in/near a lake, or sleeping.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? There are so many outdoor activities to do in both the winter and summer, and everything is so nearby it’s hard to find a good reason to stay inside.
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: I travel around all winter with a little guitar in my suitcase. It’s about a foot-and-half long and fits perfectly in my luggage. I saw it at Walmart one day and thought maybe it was a ukulele but noticed it had six strings. It was originally supposed to be a children’s learning guitar, but I didn’t think it would be a big leap to adult travel guitar, so I bought it. I’ve been teaching myself to play for the past few years and I find it’s a great way to relax and unwind on the road.
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: I’m going to have to say schnitzel mit preiselbeeren. Most people think it’s a staple in Germany and Austria but we don’t actually get it very often and it’s really good! Schnitzel night in Europe is kind of a big deal.
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would bring back the Dave Murray Downhill in Whistler, B.C. Whistler is one of the most diverse mountains in the world and has so much to offer as far as terrain and snow goes, and the town itself is built to host big events. It’s a great venue and it would be great to see another high calibre race in Canada.
Where is your favourite place to race or train? My favourite place to train is Portillo, Chile. The conditions are amazing and it’s one of the only places that offers a full-length downhill track complete with tricky steeps, rollers, and a huge jump. The hotel we stay in is five-star so the food and service is amazing, and it’s located right at the base of the mountain. With accommodation like that and a sweet downhill in your backyard it always feels more like a vacation than a training camp. The coolest place I’ve raced is Kitzbuhel, Austria.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The ability to teleport. Travelling would be a whole lot easier.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? I don’t know exactly where yet, but I want to own a small island in the Caribbean somewhere with a good rainforest-to-beach ratio and a nice little inlet to park my boat. If there was good beach break somewhere in there, that would be perfect. Of course I would also have a cabin in Whistler for a few months in the winter.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? You had to be there…
Who do you admire in sport? Something I really admire is continued hard work to stay at the top. A true champion will always be a student of their sport no matter how great their success is. It's inspiring to see Roger Federer, the best tennis player yet, hitting shots like Nadal; or Didier Cuche, arguably the best speed skier in the past five years, throwing stivots en route to winning giant slalom races! Late in their careers both of these guys had nothing to prove, yet they were still keeping an eye on the competition and re-inventing aspects of their game to stay the best.
Finishes in the top 30
29th - Downhill - Bormio, ITA (Dec. 2013)
28th – Downhill – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (Feb. 2013)
25th – Downhill – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (Jan. 2012)
1st - Downhill - Apex, B.C. (Feb. 2013)
2nd - Super-G - Apex, B.C. (Feb. 2013)
3rd - Downhill - Aspen, USA (Feb. 2012)
1st - Downhill - Aspen, USA (Feb. 2012)