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Derby skier Tricia Mangan on delayed Olympic race: 'Nerves don't happen until race day'

Derby skier Tricia Mangan will make her Olympics debut on Wednesday night (Buffalo time) in the giant slalom, which was postponed Sunday by high winds.

The first run is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and the second run begins at 11:15 p.m. The top 30 from the first run qualify for the second run.

Mangan – a Nardin Academy graduate and Dartmouth student – was a late addition to Team USA because of an injury, leading to a busy few days in which she traveled to Korea and then was joined by her parents and five siblings.

Mangan took time to answer a few questions from The Buffalo News in advance of the competition:

Q: What has it meant to have your whole family there?

A: It is so awesome that my whole family was able to make it. They have always been my biggest support system and are most definitely a huge part of the reason I made it here to the Olympics. To have them all here means so much to me. I'm especially excited that my brother Andrew is here. He broke his neck last year and has made an incredible recovery and is a huge inspiration to me.

Q: Did being a late addition to the team help in terms of not being as nervous or you think it would have helped if you had known earlier?

A: I think I will be the same amount of nervous on race day as I would be if I knew months in advance that I was coming to the Olympics. For me, the nerves don't happen until race day.

Q: It’s been a whirlwind with getting named to the team, getting to Korea, the opening ceremonies. Did the event being delayed help you get settled a bit more to prepare?

A: I was definitely bummed the race got delayed. But now that it has, I’ve definitely been able to capitalize on three extra days of rest, training, and preparation for the GS on Thursday. I'm really excited.

Mom Martha Mangan

Q: How is the family handling the delay?

A: “We were bummed the race was postponed, but we’re still very excited for Tricia to race and we’ve been able to see some amazing Olympic events while we are here. On Tuesday night, we went to short track speed skating and ran into David Leggio, the U.S. hockey goalie from Buffalo.”

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