Gould Academy Alum Earns Freestyle World Cup Start (PRESS RELEASE)

December 22, 2011

BETHEL, Maine – Gould Academy alum Troy Murphy ’10 of Bethel, ME has earned a World Cup start after finishing third and then second in moguls at the FIS U.S. Freestyle Selections in Steamboat, CO earlier this week.

Troy Murphy '10 at US Selections on December 19 in Steamboat, CO. (Courtesy: http://www.facebook.com/URTUR)

“I couldn’t be more pleased with my performance at selections. I’m very happy to have laid down consistent, solid runs. I’m really looking forward to competing in World Cup,” said Murphy, who will go on to compete at the FIS Freestyle World Cup at Lake Placid, NY January 19-21 and the 2012 Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley Resort in Utah, February 2-4.

Murphy’s freestyle career began early on at the age of seven when he began training and competing in what was then known as the Gould /Sunday River Program or GSR at Sunday River Ski Resort. He went on to attend Gould Academy’s eighth grade Winter Term program, a specialized program for student-athletes with a passion for winter sports. He continued for four more years at Gould training and competing in the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP).

“Troy is a very focused and goal oriented young athlete,” said Gould Academy Head Freestyle Coach John Kimble. “It is great to see all of his hard work and determination pay off. We’re all very happy for him and proud of him.”

After graduating from Gould, Murphy went on to work with his current coach Glenn Eddy of Planet Ski International (PSI). Eddy has coached professionally for over 25 years after a career on the U.S. Ski Team, producing numerous U.S. Ski Team Athletes.

“He’s been on a fast track in terms of ski development in the last 18 months,” said Eddy. “We’ve been on a fairly rigorous training schedule. This is a huge step for Troy,”

Also competing at U.S. Selections was Gould Academy junior Blake Wilson of Newry, ME and senior Jackie O’Sullivan of Weymouth, MA. Both put together good top to bottom runs at the event.

Gould Academy Competition Program student-athletes benefit from a traditional New England boarding school education while focusing on their passion for winter sports. Student-athletes work with a full time, high level coaching staff, year round conditioning, and exceptional training at Sunday River Ski Resort only six miles from campus.

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