Four Gould Alumni Headed to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea

February 2, 2018

The Gould community has a lot to cheer for with four Gould Alumni (Troy Murphy ’10, Sasha Rearick ’95, Parker Gray ’97, Mike Lacroix ’16) headed to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Mike LaCroix ’16

Mike Lacroix ’16

Mike Lacroix ’16 has been selected to be a forerunner for the Snowboard Cross Event during the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Lacroix was a top SBX racer while at Gould and continues to train with Team Park City in Utah with several other Gould alumni. Recently, Mike has competed in two World Cup Events in Val Thorens, France, and Montafon Austria. At Val Thorens, he was 76th coming into the race and moved up two slots to place 74th. In Montafon, he was slated 76th but moved up almost 20 spots to 59th for the day. Lacroix will return to the North American Cup Series to train and compete as part of Park City Ski and Snowboard Team and look to dominate the NorAms and gain experience to make a run for the 2022 U.S. Olympic team.


Parker Gray ’97

US SKI TEAM | MEN’S ALPINE TECHNICAL COACH

Parker Gray ’97 is the Men’s World Cup Technical Assistant Coach for the U.S. Ski Team. Before joining the coaching staff of the U.S. Ski Team he was a Men’s Alpine Coach for Gould for over 6 years. For athletes and coaches, it is more of a lifestyle than a job. “It is important to get your time on snow at the high school age, but it’s also important to be involved in other sports to develop well-rounded skills,” says Gray. “Skiing is really hard to train for because any given run is only about two minutes long, so you’ve got to train in additional ways to improve. Athletes can definitely find all of that at Gould.”

Gray, a native of Newry, began skiing with Gould as a member of the eighth grade Winter Term Program and by his ninth grade year was competing in all four events: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G, and Downhill. Gray had quick success and progressed to compete at the USSA level, FIS level, NorAm, the US Nationals, and Junior Olympics by the time he was in eleventh grade.

This will be Gray’s first Olympics as a coach on the US Ski Team.

Keep up with the Men’s Alpine competitions on NBC Olympics here.


Sasha Rearick ’95

US SKI TEAM | MEN’S ALPINE HEAD COACH

Sasha Rearick ’95 is in his sixteenth year working with the U.S. Ski Team and in his tenth year as the Men’s Alpine Head Coach. Rearick is responsible for coaching the entire US Men’s Alpine Team, including Downhill, Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Super G.

During his tenure, Rearick has coached some of the top men’s alpine skiers in the world, like Ted Ligety and Bode Miller. He has coached in three Winter Olympic Games, including two as head coach, where his teams have amassed seven Olympic medals, including three in Sochi, Russia.

Rearick joined the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff after the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, UT. He coached at the men’s World Cup and Europa Cup level, serving as Europa Cup head coach during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He then served as the technical head coach for two seasons before assuming the men’s head coach role in the spring of 2008.

He began his coaching career at Monarch Ski Area while in college at Western State Colorado University and was an instructor at the renowned French Ski School in Tignes for a year. He also coached for three years at Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont.

While at Gould Academy, Rearick skied under former Head Alpine Coach Tim Lavalle and current Director of On Snow Programs Kurt Simard. Rearick came to Gould as a junior, and it was only then, after spending most of his athletic career on the lacrosse and football fields, that he started to focus on ski racing. He quickly realized that becoming a World Cup skier wasn’t in the cards, but he fell in love with the world of alpine ski racing at Gould. “[It’s] the outdoors, the international travel, the in-depth sports science that’s associated with skiing from the physical side and mental side, the geology…it all attracted me as a sport that I was passionate about working, teaching, and coaching in,” says Rearick.

Keep up with the Men’s Alpine competitions on NBC Olympics here.


Troy Murphy ’10

US SKI TEAM | FREESTYLE MOGULS

Troy Murphy came into this season and Olympic year ranked sixth in the world – and as the top American. In December, he earned his first World Cup podium taking third place. Going into the Olympics, he is ranked 12th in the world, following his 14th-place finish at Mont-Tremblant – the last  World Cup event before the Olympics.

Troy started skiing when he was young. In fact, he doesn’t remember not knowing how to ski. “We just always skied. I was nine when I entered the Gould weekend program. I tried freestyle that winter and was in love with it immediately.”

Murphy continued to progress as a skier and joined Gould in the eighth grade as part of the Winter Term program. “That was one of the best winters ever,” Murphy remembers. “Some of my best friends to this day I met during that program.” Murphy kept improving throughout his time at Gould training at Sunday River. He started racing at the FIS level in 2009 and went to the National Championships twice before graduation.

After his first year on the World Cup in 2014, where he earned two fifth-place finishes and was awarded FIS Rookie of the Year, Troy narrowly missed making team for the Olympic games in Sochi. In 2015, he earned the title of National Moguls Champion and secured his status among the world’s best mogul skiers. Throughout 2016, Troy battled injuries but still earned two top-ten finishes on the World Cup. In 2017, Troy rallied with six top-ten finishes and finished the season ranked sixth in the world.

Watch Troy compete in the Men’s moguls qualifying round on NBC Olympics next Thursday, February 8 at 9:45 PM EST. Coverage begins at 9 PM

 

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