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Derby's Tricia Mangan, U.S. team knocked out in first round of Olympic Alpine team event

Derby's Tricia Mangan narrowly lost her individual race and the United States fell Friday in the first round to Great Britain in the inaugural Alpine team event Friday at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Mangan finished six-hundredths of a second behind Alexandra Tilley in their head-to-head race, the third of the four individual races between the teams. Tilley finished in 21.53 seconds.

Team USA and Britain split the races 2-2, but the Brits advanced to the quarterfinals by a faster combined time of 41.71 -- 0.19 seconds ahead of the Americans.

"In this, anything can happen," Mangan told the United States Olympic Team's public relations staff. "There are so many variables. ... I honestly wasn't expecting a medal, but I wouldn't have been blown away."

Megan McJames and David Chodounsky earned the wins for the U.S. Tilley and Dave Ryding earned the wins for Great Britain.

The team event is among four new competitions added to the 2018 Winter Games.

Sixteen teams compete in a knockout format. Each team is 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.

"It definitely makes me go faster when there's someone next to me," Mangan said. "I think it's sweet that it's in the Olympics because it's so awesome for spectating."

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.

An uncle, three aunts and four cousins are at the Olympics to cheer her on Friday and the group was holding a large sign in the stands with Mangan's face. She saluted her family at the end of her run.

Mangan was joined in South Korea by her parents and five siblings for the giant slalom. They have since returned to Buffalo.

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