Derby's Tricia Mangan will return to the slopes as part of the U.S. team in the Olympics alpine team event Friday night (Buffalo time).
The team event is among four new competitions added to the 2018 Winter Games and is unusual in the very individual world of Alpine skiing.
Sixteen teams will compete in a knockout format. Each will consist of two men and two women, with two others in reserve.
In each race, two athletes from different teams race side-by-side down identical slalom courses. A race takes no more than 25 seconds. The order is woman-man-woman-man. Teams get one point for a win. If competing teams each win two races, the nation with the lowest combined time of the best man and best woman will win the heat.
The event was first held at the 2005 skiing world championships.
Given the quick pace of each race, the event will move quickly. The first-round races are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET (11 a.m. Saturday in South Korea), with the quarterfinals, semifinal and finals to follow. The event is scheduled to end by 10:40.
Mangan, a Nardin Academy graduate who is a sophomore at Dartmouth College, was a late addition to the U.S. Olympic team after an injury. She competed in the giant slalom last week and was unable to finish her first run after slipping on ice.
Mangan was joined in South Korea by her parents and five siblings. They have since returned to Buffalo. An uncle, three aunts and four cousins are at the Olympics to cheer her on.