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Mainer falls short of medal in moguls at Winter Olympics

Troy Murphy, of the United States, runs the course during the men's moguls qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

BETHEL (WGME) -- A Maine Olympian competed for gold Monday.

Bethel's own Troy Murphy participated in the men's freestyle mogul skiing event.

While he fell short of advancement Monday morning, his fans made it clear they are overjoyed with his success.

Mogul skiing, a sport that not many would dare to try.

It is judged on style and skill as well as speed.

Skiers use the bumps to make sharp turns while keeping to a fall line.

They incorporate flips, grabs or rotations in their two jumps off

Murphy landed fourth in the qualifying round last week.

Murphy's high school, Gould Academy, held a watch party Monday morning for the alumni, students and fans to cheer him on.

While Murphy is a top-tier athlete, he was also one of the top of his class, excelling on the slopes and in the classroom.

His former Gould Academy coach said he set a good example for current student-athletes.

"I think it gives them the reality of Troy was just a kid that stayed focus, trained hard and never lost sight of his goals. And it's working out for him,” John Kimble, freestyle program director at Gould Academy, said.

"He's stayed connected. He sends notes to students. He comes back and trains with them, coaches. So they know him. They aren't watching Troy. They're watching someone they care about and know he cares about them,” Matt Ruby, head of school at Gould Academy, said.

Murphy's journey may have ended Monday, placing 17th in the first round of the finals, but not everyone earns the title of Olympian.

"It's been a long journey for Troy and his family and obviously not the result he wanted. But it's different definitions of success and we got to see him advance to the final round and do his best on the big stage,” Jeff Candura, director of advancement, Gould Academy, said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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