Derby’s Tricia Mangan will compete in the women’s giant slalom Sunday night (Buffalo time) in the Olympics at the Yongpyong Alpine Center in South Korea.
The first run begins at 8:15 p.m. and the second run begins at 11:45 p.m. NBC will have coverage of the first run during its 7 to 11 p.m. broadcast, although the action is not scheduled to air live. Live coverage of the second run is expected during the 11:35 p.m. to 1 a.m. broadcast.
Racers get two runs, with the top 30 finishers after the first run skiing in reverse order in the second (30th place goes first; first place goes 30th) to help minimize the advantage of skiing early. The fastest total time wins.
Mangan, 20, was added to the Olympic team on Monday after an injury to Jackie Wiles.
Mangan also will compete in the super combined on Feb. 23 in Korea (Feb. 22 in Buffalo).
Mangan, a 2015 graduate of Nardin Academy, has plenty of supporters at the school, including longtime school educataor Rebecca Reeder.
Reeder said she's not surprised Mangan has attained Olympian status.
"Tricia sets goals and goes after them," Reeder said. "She doesn't give up. It takes that drive and resilience to achieve such an accomplishment.
"It is exciting for me to observe one of our alums reach this level and know that so many people at Nardin had an impact in Tricia’s life, cared for her as a student and a person and now we support her in our thoughts, prayers and cheers. What a terrific feeling."