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Connor Fields is a three-time Olympian, two-time World Champion, and the first American to win Olympic BMX Gold.
As one of the world's all-time greatest BMX racers, Connor has represented the United States 50+ times in 25+ countries. At 17-Years-Old, Connor became the youngest rider to ever podium a BMX World Cup.
However, his racing career was not always marked by triumphs. At the 2021 Tokyo Games, as the number one seed in his semi-final and on pace to battle for another medal, Connor went down in one of the worst crashes in Summer Olympic history. Based on previous results, Connor still qualified for the 2021 Olympic BMX final, but instead of competing in that final race he fought for his life in an ambulance. Connor sustained multiple injuries - broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and torn shoulder and bicep ligaments, as well as brain swelling and four life-threatening brain hemorrhages.
The road to recovery took him through surgery, therapy, and intense physical and cognitive rehabilitation. Connor had to regain the energy to do simple tasks, strengthen short term memory, relearn vocabulary, and even how to speak properly.
He learned first-hand that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors go through physical, mental and emotional changes throughout their recovery. Not only did he face the agonizing pain of being denied the chance to defend his Gold Medal, but Connor also has no memory of competing in his final Olympics – the moment he trained his entire life for.
Connor realized that just like in training, life is not about being perfect or getting everything 100% right. People focus on the last 1% when it’s the 99% that creates champions. It wasn’t the last 1% - a second Olympic Gold - that would make Connor a champion. It was the 99% of who he already was that made him a champion.
After 11 months he was officially fully recovered and cleared to ride again. Determined to not let his final race define 22 years of riding, on day-one he jumped on his bike and rode again to conquer the fear that threatened to keep him off the track. Understandably anxious to hit routine jumps, he took them on and beat the demons that chased him.
In his words: “Don’t let adversity define you.”
Connor continues to ride and coach BMX, no passion for the sport lost to the worst of Olympic scenarios. His story has been featured by the Today Show, Sports Illustrated, and Vanity Fair Magazine. He was part of the Polo Ralph Lauren Sport campaign, has been a guest at the White House, and was nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award.
In his presentations, Connor opens the curtains to a rarely seen experience of what it takes to win sport's greatest prize and overcome extreme adversity. He openly shares with audiences his journey of recovery and self-discovery, and the practical applications of hard-won lessons learned. Through authentic and engaging storytelling, Connor provides real-world strategies for peak performance, inspires resiliency, and motivates audiences towards greater success.
GOLD Rush: One Olympian’s Wild Ride through Setback, Success & Survival
After suffering setbacks, keeping failures in perspective is critical. Learning from those setbacks and disappointments affects resilience.
But how do you shift your mindset after a setback? How do you rebuild faith in your organization, your team and yourself?
In his signature keynote GOLD Rush, Connor inspires audiences towards his powerful story of determination and resilience. As one of the world's all-time greatest BMX racers, Connor has represented the United States 50+ times in 25+ countries. At 17-Years-Old, Connor became the youngest rider to ever podium a BMX World Cup.
However, his racing career was not always marked by triumphs.
From “choking” at the 2012 Olympics to being “clutch” in 2016, to nearly losing his life at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, GOLD Rush takes audiences on a roller coaster of emotions, peeking behind the curtain to the rarely seen journey from overcoming extreme adversity to wining sport's greatest prize.
Connor shares with audiences his ride through recovery and self-discovery. With authentic and engaging storytelling, GOLD Rush inspires resiliency, hope, and optimism.
Audiences will learn:
- that every single decision you make matters
- to never settle for anything less than your best
- to focus on what you can control
GOLD Standard: How to Bring Out the Best in Yourself & Your Team
On his 22-year journey to becoming a three-time Olympian, two-time World Champion, and the first American to win Olympic BMX Gold, Connor Fields learned what it takes to become a legend. His corporate keynote GOLD Standard is the story of the ups and downs that come along with setting – and achieving - the highest goals possible.
Connor encourages audiences to never settle for anything less than their best. He provides real-world strategies for peak performance, reminding groups that wanting to quit is normal; the key to success is to stay determined.
He shares what it took get the best out of himself without demanding perfection. He chose to not focus getting anything 100% right. It wasn’t the last 1% that would make Connor a champion. It was the 99% that offered him that.
In this presentation, Connor motivates audiences towards greater success in business and in life. He opens the curtains to a rarely seen experience of what it takes to win sport's greatest prize and overcome obstacles. He openly shares with audiences his journey of success and self-discovery, and the practical applications of hard-won lessons learned.
With authentic and engaging storytelling, GOLD Standard inspires strength, confidence, and optimism.
- how to clearly identify what you want to get the best out of yourself
- to focus on what you can control
- that every single decision you make matters
- skills to improve performance in business, relationships, and life
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March 25, 2020
When you think of professionalism, poise, passion and the unprecedented ability to connect at a mental level with a group of people you have just met, Connor Fields more than delivers on all accounts. I was fortunate to have Connor serve as my keynote speaker at my company’s annual Corporate Conference. This year my theme was “Go for the Gold” which in more ways than one was the perfect platform for Connor to speak to my group. His presentation, G.O.L.D., hit the mark, offering a compassionate story with a series of relatable messages that hit home with my attendees on multiple levels. Connor gave us an up-close look at the life-long path he faced as a professional athlete and what he had to overcome to achieve his life-long dream of becoming an Olympics Gold Medal winner. He delivered his presentation with such compassion, professionalism and humor, that I couldn’t have asked for a better representation of what it means to achieve greatness simply by being a genuine, well-rounded, real person who truly wants to inspire and move people to find their own greatness within to achieve personal excellence, whatever that may be. I highly recommend Connor for any speaking engagement for groups large or small. You will not be disappointed and what you will receive from Connor will exceed any expectation you may have.AngMar Medical Holdings, Inc. Helpful 0