UPDATED: Road to Sochi 2014: Troy Murphy ’10 Pursues Olympic Dreams

January 20, 2014

Updated 1/21/14

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member and Gould Alumnus Troy Murphy '10.

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member and Gould Alumnus Troy Murphy ’10.

The U.S. Freestyle Team officially announced their Olympic Team headed to Sochi and Troy Murphy ’10 missed a spot by a hair.

In the end, the U.S. will take two members of the men’s mogul team to Sochi, while adding a fourth athlete to the women’s Olympic team.

To say that the Gould community is exceptionally proud of Troy and his accomplishments  is a gross understatement.

With two fifth place finishes at World Cup events, as the runner up to a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, and now earning the opportunity to join the U.S. team in the remaining World Cup events after the Olympics, Troy’s rookie year on the U.S. Ski Team can only be described as successful.

With dedication and hard work, Troy is reaching the goals he set for himself a long time ago on the slopes of Sunday River.

And through what has been a tough selection process including a last minute addition to a World Cup, last minute flights, little sleep, and high pressure situations, he has remained level headed.

“I just think this helps me going forward,” he told the Portland Press Herald in a phone interview from an Atlanta airport terminal. “I don’t have any regrets. I made the World Cup and that was a huge goal of mine.”

Congratulations, Troy. Keep calm and carry on. We remain proud and will continue to watch.

’’Updated 1/20/14 

It’s not over until it’s over!

After a 46th place finish in his second start at Deer Valley and a 30th place finish in Lake Placid, Troy Murphy was a late addition to a World Cup event at Val St. Come, Quebec on Sunday, January 19 where he placed 5th.

It’s his second 5th place finish in World Cups this season.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Troy’s 5th place finish gives him a final bid for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team bound for Sochi.  “Murphy, 21, is hoping to be a discretionary pick by the coaches. He now ranks third among Americans in the World Cup moguls standings. The (Olympic) moguls team will be nominated Tuesday,” says the Press Herald.

Alright, Troy!

 

Updated 1/14/14

Troy Murphy ’10 is still in the hunt for a spot on the Sochi U.S. Olympic Freestyle.

His fifth place finish on January 9 at Deer Valley keeps him in pursuit of one of three spots despite a 46th place finish on his second start January 11.

His last of three World Cup, Olympic qualifying starts takes place tomorrow (Wednesday, January 15) at the USANA Lake Place Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, NY.

And Troy is feeling good!

Troy Murphy ’10 led the U.S. with a fifth place finish in yesterday’s World Cup Mogul event at Deer Valley, UT.

“Young gun Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME) took the top spot for the U.S., earning a career best fifth after advancing to his first-ever World Cup final. The men head back up the hill for another moguls competition Saturday,” via the U.S. Ski Team site. 

Said Troy in today’s article in the Portland Press Herald, “It was crazy. This is actually my first World Cup final and then to make the super final it was amazing. I’m just really happy. I knew that I could do it, it was just whether I’d have the day or not. I’ve had pretty bad luck the last couple of years, but I always believed I could be here.”

Watch Troy’s World Cup Final run from yesterday (1/9/14) at Deer Valley.

 

 

It has been freestyle skier and Gould alumnus Troy Murphy’s ’10 dream to make the U.S. Ski Team which he accomplished this past spring. Now Troy is marching towards his next goal – representing the United States at the Olympic Games.

Hear Troy’s story in this video.

 

 

Troy skied exceptionally well at the U.S. Selection Event in Winter Park, CO on December 19 and 21, where he earned spots on the podium each day including a first place finish on day one (below).

 

 

His finishes there have qualified him for two World Cup Starts at the Visa Freestyle International event in Deer Vally, Utah January  9-11, 2014 and one at the USANA Freestyle World Cup event at Lake Placid, NY January 15-18. If Troy does well in the U.S. he would then move to the moguls event at Val. St. Come in Canada on January 19.

 

 

Exceptional runs at the World Cups will put Troy in contention for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Moguls Team, and it all begins on Thursday, January 9 where Olympic freestyle spots are on the line at Deer Valley.

Troy’s freestyle career began early on at the age of seven when he began training and competing in the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) on the weekends (formally know 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 with the GACP.

After graduating from Gould, Troy went on to work with coach Glenn Eddy of Planet Ski International(PSI).

Let’s go Troy!

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  1. Avatar Nancy says:

    That’s awesome! and nice to hear from Troy:) Good luck Troy, and have fun!!

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