Troy Murphy’s Olympic journey ended Monday morning in the first round of finals in the men’s moguls while Emily Sweeney’s quest continues on.

Murphy, the 25-year-old from Bethel, finished 17th in the first round with a score of 72.72. The top 12 finishers advanced to the second round of finals Monday morning at the Phoenix Snow Park.

Sweeney, the 24-year-old born in Portland who lived in Falmouth before moving to Connecticut, was in 15th place after the first two runs in the women’s luge.

In moguls, Murphy had finished fourth in the qualifying round on Thursday night with a score of 80.95 – his best score of the season after a near-flawless run.

But Monday’s run wasn’t as good. He sat back a bit on his landing on his second jump, almost touching the ground, and didn’t seem as comfortable on the course.

Troy Murphy jumps during the men’s moguls qualifying round at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Monday. Associated Press/Lee Jin-man

His time was 25.36 seconds, actually slightly better than Thursday’s 25.40, but he didn’t score as well in air points or turns.


His scoring on Monday was: 14.56 in time points, 13.16 in air points and 45 in turns.

In the qualifying round, he had scored 14.74 points in the air and 51.7 on turns.

Murphy had entered the season ranked sixth in the world. He gained his first podium finish in China. He was part of the four-man moguls Olympic team named on Jan. 22.

Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury won the gold medal. Matt Graham of Australia took silver and Daichi Hara of Japan earned bronze. American Casey Andringa finished fifth. It was the third consecutive Olympics in which the U.S. men’s team failed to medal in moguls.

Sweeney, meanwhile, was in 11th after her first run of 46.595 seconds but had a tougher second run, finishing in 46.960 seconds. Her total time of 1:33.555 is 1.101 seconds behind leader Natalie Geisenberger of Germany.

American’s Erin Hamlin is fifth and Summer Britcher ninth after the first two runs.

The women’s luge continues Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. with the third run, followed immediately by the fourth run. It can be viewed live online at

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