BEIJING (WIVB) — Several Western New Yorkers are in China this month for the 2022 Winter Olympics, competing in a variety of sports. Here is a look at each local athlete and when their events are being held.
This page will be updated to track their progress. Note that dates listed are Beijing time – morning events in China take place the preceding night in Buffalo. If there are any other Olympians with ties to WNY, let us know!
Hayley Scamurra, women’s ice hockey
Hayley Scamurra, a 27-year-old hockey player from Getzville, is competing in her first Olympics this year.
Update: Scamurra and Team USA won a silver medal at the Games. Scamurra scored in the semifinal game against Finland, tipping a puck past the goaltender in the third period to make the score 3-0. It was her first goal of the tournament. USA won 4-1 to advance to the Gold Medal game against Canada.
Scamurra, a forward, has been a member of Team USA since 2019, competing in two International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championships, as well as in several Rivalry Series matchups against Team Canada. She won silver in the 2021 World Championship and gold in her debut in 2019.
Scamurra was born in Williamsville and went to Nichols High School. She competed in junior hockey in Canada and played four years at Northeastern University, where she was named the top defensive forward in Hockey East as a senior in 2017. Scamurra also played 31 games for the Buffalo Beauts from 2016-19, scoring 18 goals in that time.
“I think the Olympics is normally our time to shine for sure,” Scamurra told News 4 in January. “And I feel like it puts women’s hockey on the map. There’s data that shows it grows women’s hockey exponentially, especially after the gold in 2018. So, I’m excited for what we’re going to showcase here.”
Team USA women’s hockey schedule
- Feb 3: USA 5, Finland 2 (Scamurra: no points, 2 penalty minutes)
- Feb. 5: USA 5, ROC 0 (Scamurra: assist, 2 PIM)
- Feb. 6: USA 8, Switzerland 0 (Scamurra: assist, 3 SOG)
- Feb. 8: Canada 4, USA 2 (Scamurra: no points, 2 SOG)
- Quarterfinals, Feb. 11: USA 4, Czech Republic 1 (Scamurra: no points)
- Semifinals, Feb. 14: USA 4, Finland 1 (Scamurra: first goal of the tournament – watch here)
- Gold Medal Game, Feb. 16: Canada 3, USA 2 (Scamurra: no points — USA wins silver medal)
Kaitlin Hawayek, ice dance
Kaitlin Hawayek, a 25-year-old ice dancer from East Aurora, secured her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team Jan. 8 after finishing in third place with her partner, Jean-Luc Baker in the U.S. Skating Championships for the fourth consecutive time. This is Hawayek’s first Olympics.
Hawayek has competed in three World Figure Skating Championships — 2018, 2019 and 2021. She and Baker finished ninth in the 2021 World Championship.
“I’m just excited to be there competing on an Olympic ice,” she told News 4. “I’ll walk in the opening and closing ceremonies and soak it all in.”
Ice Dance schedule
- Feb. 12: Rhythm Dance: Hawayek and Baker finished 11th to qualify for Free Dance (74.58 score).
- Feb. 14: Free Dance: Hawayek and Baker finished 10th in Free Dance (115.16 score), giving them an overall total of 189.74 points. That was good for 11th overall in Ice Dance.
Tricia Mangan, alpine skiing
Tricia Mangan, a 24-year-old skier from Derby, is competing in her second Olympics, following Team USA’s ninth place finish in the alpine event in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. She has competed in two 2022 International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup events and took fourth in the 2018 FIS Junior World Ski Championships.
Mangan is a part of the Holimont Race Team in Ellicottville. She is a Nardin Academy grad and went to Dartmouth College for engineering. According to Team USA’s website, she made the U.S. Ski Team’s National Training Group while in high school. Mangan also raced at the collegiate level and was the final athlete added to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.
Women’s Alpine Skiing — Alpine combined schedule
- Feb. 16: Training
- Feb. 17: Women’s Alpine Combined: Mangan finished 20th in downhill and 8th in slalom, giving her an overall finish of 11th in the discipline. She was about five and a half seconds off of medal time (full results).
Hagen Kearney, snowboarding
Hagen Kearney, a 30-year-old snowboarder from Norwood, Colo., was born in Buffalo in 1991. He is a two-time Olympian, and he finished 13th in the snowboardcross event at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. Kearney’s dad, Richard, spoke to News 4 four years ago about his son’s journey to those Olympics.
Kearney also competed in the 2013, 2017 and 2021 FIS Snowboarding World Championships, taking gold in 2017. He finished 14th in his most recent appearance.
Men’s Snowboard Cross schedule
- Feb. 10: Kearney finished third in his heat but did not qualify for finals.