Twp PSU Alpine Skiers Compete in 2017 FIS World Alpine Championships in Switzerland

Twp PSU Alpine Skiers Compete in 2017 FIS World Alpine Championships in Switzerland

Einarsdottir and Lemgart represent countries of Iceland and Denmark

PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Two members of the Plymouth State University (PSU) Alpine Ski team have had an exciting week. The pair, Freydis Einarsdottir, a sophomore from Iceland, and Charlotte Lemgart, a senior from Denmark, competed as members of their respective countries' ski teams in the 2017 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The bi-annual event features the sport's top competitors from around the world, including Lindsay Vonn from the United States.

Both women compete in the slalom and giant slalom events for PSU. Einarsdottir is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the east in both events, and Lemgart in the top 25.

In Monday's giant slalom qualifying rounds at St. Moritz, Einarsdottir finished ninth and Lemgart 25th to advance to the final race. Einarsdottir ended up 47th out of 97 racers in the final, while Lemgart missed out on finishing in the top 60 and didn't get a second run.

In Friday's slalom qualifying race, Einarsdottir came in 17th and Lemgart 27th, advancing to the World Championship slalom final on Saturday, Feb. 18.

"Freydis and Charlotte are great competitors and outstanding student-athletes," said Andrew Gannon, head coach, Plymouth State University Alpine Ski Team. "In addition to their drive for excellence on the mountain, both have nearly perfect GPAs and are wonderful citizens of the PSU community. We are very proud of them, and fortunate to call them Panthers."

In 2015, both women competed in the FIS World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Einarsdottir finished 51at in the slalom, 58th in giant slalom, and Lemgart finished 50th in slalom and 68th in giant slalom.

Both will return to PSU on Sunday and resume their lives as student-athletes on Monday.

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