One of a kind: Meet Bermuda's only athlete competing in Pyeongchang
Published Sunday, February 11, 2018 10:00PM EST
He may be Bermuda’s only Olympic hope, but Tucker Murphy says his expectations at the Winter Games are realistic.
“(My) chances of medaling are none,” Murphy, who is competing in cross-country skiing, told CTV News. “I'm here to ski the best race I can.”
While Murphy isn’t expecting to leave Pyeongchang with any Olympic hardware-- having placed 88th in Vancouver and 84th in Sochi-- it doesn’t mean he isn’t out to make himself a household name. During the opening ceremonies, the Bermudian created headlines by sporting a pair of Bermuda shorts for the frigid ceremony.
“I'm not going to lie: it was very, very cold," Murphy said.
Murphy wasn’t the only single athlete to brave the cold in less than ideal clothing. Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s only athlete in the Games, went shirtless during the ceremony.
Taufatofua nearly broke the internet two years ago when he showed up shirtless and covered in oil for the opening ceremonies in Brazil. During those Games, he competed in taekwondo, but in Pyeongchang, Taufatofua is trying his hand at cross-country skiing.
For Murphy, training for the Winter Games in a country where many people visit to escape the cold poses its challenges.
"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.”
Challenges also exist in trying to land funding. Murphy was even tasked with designing his own uniform when he first started, his father said.
At the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, 18 countries, including Ecuador, Ghana and Kenya, are represented by a single athlete.
Those athletes include 13 alpine skiers, three cross-country skiers, one short-track speed skater and one skeleton athlete.
With a report from CTV News’ Joy Malbon