Tricia Mangan of Derby is going to the Winter Olympics. The Derby resident was added to the U.S. Alpine Ski team for the Pyeongchang games, making come true a dream that began probably when she was racing her twin brother and other siblings on the slopes at Holimont in Ellicottville.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and Ski and Snowboard officials announced Tuesday that she had been added to the team. Mangan is scheduled to compete in the giant slalom on Monday and the super combined on Feb. 23 in Korea.
Mangan, replaced Jacqueline Wiles, who was injured in competition over the weekend at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
“She knew she had a very good chance of making it,” Martha Mangan, Tricia’s mother, said Tuesday. “She was on the short list.”
However, some of Tricia’s World Cup points came after the U.S. national team had been determined. Tough luck.
“She kind of thought that door had closed but when she got the call yesterday, she was extremely surprised and extremely elated,” her mother said.
The Dartmouth College sophomore will have plenty of support in Pyeongchang. Once the word came that Tricia was going to the Olympics the Mangan family sprang into action. All seven of them, father David, mother Martha and five siblings, four brothers and a sister, will head for Korea on Friday.
It’s not the first Winter Olympics for the Mangans. In 2002, David and Martha took their family of avid ski racers to Utah to watch Bode Miller compete in the Games.
“This one will be special though,” Martha Mangan said. “The whole family is totally thrilled. We’re taking a crash course in the Olympics so we will know our way around.”
Although the Mangans will be in the air on their over-the-pole flight from Toronto when the game’s opening ceremonies are held, they plan on taking in other Olympic events and will be allowed to enter the Olympic Village.
Although her family won’t be there to see her, Tricia is looking forward to marching in the parade of athletes during the opening.
“She’s pretty excited about it,” he mother said.
Mangan, 20, first burst on the national scene in 2013 in Nor-Am Cup and National Junior championships in Colorado. She qualified for the U18 National Training Group when she was a sophomore at Nardin Academy and trained with it for two years. Her senior year she was named to the U.S. Team D and then Team C.
Since then she has fared best in giant slalom and won a slalom in a FIS event at Stowe Mountain, Vermont.
Last fall Tricia began piling up points in a string of giant slalom and Alpine combined events at Copper Mountain and Sugarloaf. She also finished first in two Nor-Am Cup Super G races at Copper Mountain and was second in Alpine Combined.
Just last Friday, Tricia was fourth in the Super G at the FIS Junior World Championships in Davos, Switzerland. She was in Davos when the word came that she had been tapped to go to Korea.
“Does this mean I’ll be Olympian now?” Tricia Mangan asked her mother on Monday.
“Yes,” Marsha Mangan replied. “When you land in Seoul, you’ll be an Olympian.”
Bucky Gleason told Tricia Mangan's story in November 2016.