Murphy looking for improvement

  • Tucker Murphy said wearing Bermuda shorts at the opening ceremony was “very, very cold” (Photograph by Matthias Schrader/AP)

Tucker Murphy is gearing up for his third appearance at the Winter Olympics when he competes in the cross-country skiing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday.

Tucker is only the third Bermudian after Simon Payne {luge) and Patrick Singleton (luge and skeleton) to appear at a Winter Olympics.

He finished 88th in Vancouver in 2010 before improving on that display with an 84th-place finish in Sochi.

“[My] chances of medalling are none,” Murphy, who is competing in the 15-kilometre freestyle, told CTV News. “I’m here to ski the best race I can.”

As has been the case in each of Murphy’s previous opening ceremony appearances, the 36-year-old created headlines by sporting a pair of customary Bermuda shorts for the frigid ceremony.

“I’m not going to lie: it was very, very cold,” Murphy said.

Training for the Winter Olympics on an island where most people visit to escape the cold has posed its challenges for Murphy.

“I do a lot of training on the beach running with poles,” he said. “You have to get up very early, because you don’t want to get a reputation as the crazy Bermudian who goes out in cross-country skis on the beach.”

At the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, 18 countries, including Ecuador, Ghana and Kenya, are represented by a single athlete.

Murphy has travelled to Pyeongchang with his father, Mike Murphy, the president of the Bermuda Winter Ski Association, who is serving as the island’s chef de mission.

A multitalented sportsman, having competed in triathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, Tucker started cross-country skiing while studying at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He also has a Blue in triathlon from Oxford University.