January 9

Olympic dreams still alive for Mainers

Spots are up for grabs in qualifying races the next couple of weeks.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Murphy, the youngest of the three Maine moguls skiers, would love to earn a berth. “Obviously that’s the main goal,’’ he said. But he knows he can’t think about that too much. “I’ll ski as well as I can and there’s nothing else I can do,’’ he said. “If I ski my best run, it’s a good bet I could qualify. If not ...’’

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Dumont, 27, knows his career won’t be remembered differently if he doesn’t make the Olympic team. He has long been considered one of the leading pioneers of the sport and drove it forward for many years.

But, he said, “I would like to be part of (the Olympics).’’

He knows the best way to qualify is to get two top-three finishes in the final three events, beginning Thursday in Breckenridge, Colo. If no one does that, the selection process will defer to World Cup points.

Dumont, who suffered a severe ankle injury last summer, was unable to compete in the first World Cup qualifying event because of a concussion. He finished fifth in the next.

“I’m right there, not too far off,’’ he said. “I’m going to try to do what I do, and that’s lay down a great run.’’

He just wishes he hadn’t missed much of the last two seasons with injuries. “To miss two years in this sport is very detrimental,’’ he said. “Things happen fast. I’ll just ski my best and whatever happens, happens.’’

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