The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) today officially announced the team that will represent Bermuda at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.
The XXIII Olympic Winter Games are the eighth Winter Olympics in which Bermuda will participate.
Bermudian cross-country skier, Tucker Murphy, 36, will compete in the Men’s 15K Free Individual Start Cross-Country Ski Event.
The PyeongChang Games will be Murphy’s third Olympics. He also competed for Bermuda in the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
Murphy will be accompanied by Chef de Mission, Lawrence Murphy, Sean Field-Lament who will be representing the Executive Board of the BOA, Coach Pepa Miloucheva and Assistant Waxer Jeff Shaw joining executive delegates from 206 other National Olympic Committees.
The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be held for 17 days from February 9th to 25th, 2018 in PyeongChang County, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held in PyeongChang , as will most snow sports, whilst alpine speed events will take place in Jeongseon, and ice sports will be hosted in Gangneung.
An Olympic Games was last held in South Korea 30 years ago when the Summer Games were held in Seoul in 1988.
Judy Simons, BOA President said, “The BOA congratulates Tucker on his upcoming participation in his third Olympic Games; an impressive achievement for any athlete. We are proud to have him represent Bermuda and we wish him the very best in competition.”
Meanwhile Although Matthew Leseur’s performances were at the level for qualification, the quota of participants for his event was thirty (30) athletes. On the final count he place 67 on the list of those possible for the games. With him in that position it would require a great number of athletes to drop out or decline their invitation to participate.
On the Bermuda Freestyle Social Media page it states:
Matthew Leseur skied his heart out and though he qualified for the Winter Olympic Games, Bermuda did not get an allocation spot for his event.
On the Bermuda Freestyle social media page it states, “We are super proud of Matt, dubbed “Mr. Consistent” by coach Riley Mathis Campbell, he skied beautifully in 7 World Cups putting together amazing top to bottom runs under immense pressure.”
The post goes on to say, “Nothing would have made us happier than to see him carry the flag of the beautiful island of Bermuda in South Korea.”
The post concludes, “Thank you to all the coaches and people who have liked our page and supported the boys and our team. 2022 is not that far away and I suspect there may be another Bermudian making an Olympic bid.”