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Derby skier Tricia Mangan falls in Olympic giant slalom

Tricia Mangan's hopes in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics were over before they barely began.

The Derby skier fell during the first run Thursday at Yongpyong Alpine Center, meaning she is out of the competition.

The top 30 among the 79 racers advanced to the second run. Mangan was among 11 skiers who did not finish the first run.

Mangan, a 20-year-old Dartmouth College sophomore, lost her balance, went airborne and slid into the restraining barrier. She was able to get up shortly thereafter.

“I’m happy to lay it all on the table," she said. "I’m obviously super bummed to crash, but I actually think I was skiing OK and I’m glad I was going for it.”

Tricia Mangan during the first run of the women's giant slalom (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The women's giant slalom was originally scheduled for Sunday but was delayed by high winds.

Mangan, a Nardin Academy graduate, was a late addition to the Olympic team, finding out only four days before the opening ceremonies that she was selected as an injury replacement for Jackie Wiles.

Mangan also is scheduled to compete in the super combined on Feb. 23 (Feb. 22 Buffalo time).

“There’s been a lot of crazy things," she said of her Olympic experience thus far. "I loved watching the other events and I got the opportunity to do that the other day. It was incredible. I’ve never seen speedskating before and to be right there next to the rink it was so awesome. Being at the Olympics, you have an appreciation for how much work they put in to get here. Even though I don’t understand that sport, I really respect them.”

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