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Buffalo’s Mangan seventh at junior ski championships

Patricia Mangan of Buffalo, a member of the U.S national and Holimont Race team, finished seventh in the alpine combined on Tuesday over a challenging course for the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Sochi, Russia.

Temperatures rising to 50 degrees made for spring like soft snow. Mangan finished one place behind Galena Wardle of Aspen, Colo. She was timed in 1:15.93 in the Super G and 44.56 in the slalom for overall 2:01.67. Wardle’s combined time was 2:01.66. The winner was Aline Danioth of Switzerland who won in 1:59.32.

The finishes by Wardle and Mangan were the first ever in the top 10 by U.S. skiers in the alpine combined event at World Juniors.

In the women’s giant slalom on Wednesday, Mangan did not finish her first run while Wardel finished 22nd in the event won by Jasmina Suter of Switzerland in 2:12.39. The slalom on Friday and team events on Saturday remain on the week’s schedule in Sochi.