Bethel native not selected for Olympic ski moguls squad

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.

Just two men were nominated Tuesday to represent the United States in ski moguls at the Sochi Winter Olympics next month.

Bethel native Troy Murphy was not one of them.

The 21-year-old graduate of Gould Academy, in his first year on the U.S. World Cup team, challenged for a berth on the squad with a pair of fifth-place finishes during World Cup events that served as Olympic selection races. Murphy finished 46th and 30th in his other two qualifying races.

But the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association opted to devote just two of its Olympic spots to men’s ski moguls, leaving Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum, Wash., a 2009 world champion and 2010 Olympian, and Bradley Wilson of Butte, Mt., as the lone Americans selected in that event.

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The athletes were nominated based on their results on the International Ski Federation World Cup.

Deneen’s season was highlighted by a second-place finish at Lake Placid, N.Y., last week. Wilson, the brother of 2010 bronze medalist Bryon Wilson, clinched his Olympic spot with two podium finishes last week and will be making his Olympic debut.

Murphy was one of three skiers from Maine competing on the World Cup circuit with an opportunity to qualify for an Olympic berth. Greenville native Jeremy Cota, now of Carrabassett Valley, had top finishes of 10th and 11th in the selection races, while David DiGravio of Farmington did not have a top-10 finish.

Four women’s moguls skiers were nominated for the Olympic team, led by reigning Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt. Joining her on the U.S. squad are fellow returning Olympian Heather McPhie of Bozeman, Mont., Heidi Kloser of Vail, Colo., and Eliza Outtrim of Hamden, Conn.

Also nominated by USSA on Tuesday were three ski aerials competitors: Mac Bohannon of Madison, Conn., Ashley Caldwell of Ashburn, Va., and Emily Cook of Belmont, Mass., a product of Carrabassett Valley Academy.

The U.S. team will now head to Steamboat Springs, Colo., for a final training camp and official send-off Saturday, and the U.S. Olympic Committee will formally name the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team next Monday.

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