If you haven't heard, Nardin alumna Tricia Mangan ‘15 is competing in her 2nd Olympic games. We caught up with Tricia from Yanqing Village in China as she prepares to ski in the Alpine combined race, which is one downhill run and one slalom run, on February 17 (Beijing time). Tricia shared with us her thoughts on representing her hometown, how Nardin supported her while she chased her dreams, and her inspiration for young student athletes.
“I'm so excited to be racing in my second Olympics and proud to represent my Buffalo community that has shown me so much support this year. I truly would not be able to be here without their help. I think a big lesson I've learned since my last Olympics is the importance of asking for help when you need it and also the joy in sharing my journey with so many other people!
Nardin definitely shaped my journey because even all those years ago, my teachers, friends, and the whole Nardin community worked to help me chase my dream while remaining in school which was very important to me. The Nardin community helped me realize there are many different ways to reach the top and with a little help from a lot of people, I found a way that worked for me.
Finding the balance between putting my head down and focusing on the job at hand, and also being able to look up and appreciate where I am and what I've already done and hope to do in the future has made this year extremely enjoyable and rewarding despite some challenging obstacles and setbacks. I've really just tried to stay focused on the work that needed to be done each day to reach my goals, while simultaneously acknowledging how fortunate I am to be able to chase my skiing dreams. I think we are all a lot more capable of achieving big things than we give ourselves credit for, so my advice to any young athletes and students would be to never give up, keep working hard, and try to keep things in perspective.”
Make sure to watch Tricia compete the night of February 16 at 9:30 p.m. EST time.