Olympian Troy Murphy ’10 to Deliver Commencement Address
Troy Murphy, Olympic Freestyle Mogul Skier, and member of the Gould Academy Class of 2010 will speak at the school’s Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
“It’s a huge honor to be asked, and it’s kind of surreal,” said Murphy from his home in Park City, Utah. “It wasn’t that long ago that I was in their position. I’m super excited to talk to this year’s graduates.”
Murphy joined the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team during the 2013-14 season as a member of the mogul team. As a newcomer, he posted two top-five finishes at World Cup events earning him the 2014 FIS Rookie of the Year award. Murphy continued to gain momentum with four more top ten finishes the following year and he added a national mogul title to his resume. After a year of rehabbing from injuries, Murphy came back strong with a ranking of sixth in the world and a place on the Freestyle Moguls A Team.
The timing could not have been better for his first World Cup podium, a third-place finish in Thaiwcoo, China in late 2017. (Watch the video for his podium interview alone.) His World Cup results paired with a strong aerial package gave Murphy the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Within months of the winter games, Murphy announced his retirement from competitive mogul skiing.
Big Mountain Skiing in Alaska
With competitive skiing and training in the rearview mirror, Murphy has traded rigid moguls for long sweeping lines. He now spends his time chasing a new passion, big mountain skiing in Alaska. The past several winters during the off-season, Troy and a group of close friends and filmmakers travel by RV and snowmobile to document their adventures in the Alaskan backcountry, searching for the next big drop.
Murphy is the son of longtime Gould employee, Matt Murphy and Nancy Coleman-Murphy of Bethel, Maine. While at Gould, Murphy was a standout student and athlete and was named one of four head proctors during his senior year.
“I think it’s awesome that Troy is coming back to Gould,” says Associate Head of School Pat Donovan. “Troy is an outstanding young man, and beyond being an Olympian, he’s just a supreme human being. He’s smart, he’s kind, he’s generous and humble. He was a wonderful student leader and citizen when he was here, and a friend to all. We’re very excited to welcome him back to campus.”
Gould Academy Commencement will take place at 10:30 a.m. under the tent on Alumni Field.