Einarsdottir will represent Iceland in PyeongChang
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – For the first time in the storied history of Plymouth State University athletics, a PSU student-athlete will compete in the Olympic Games.
Junior alpine skier Freydis Einarsdottir (Garðabær, Iceland), an exercise and sport physiology major, will represent her home country at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. A three-year member of the PSU alpine ski team, Einarsdottir will be one of only three skiers representing Iceland at the Winter Games – along with one Nordic skier and one male alpine skier. She will compete in the slalom and giant slalom.
Einarsdottir learned just over a week ago that she had been selected for the Olympic team.
"I knew I had a good shot at qualifying," said Einarsdottir. "I have worked so hard for so long to reach this goal, and I am naturally very excited and honored to represent my country. But making the team does not mean I've reached my goals – I want to do well there and ski as fast in my race as I am in my training." Einarsdottir narrowly missed qualifying for the Icelandic team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Einarsdottir is no stranger to competing at the highest levels of her sport. Last February she represented Iceland at the 2017 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, her third time competing at the World Championships. She also raced in the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and the 2013 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria.
As a freshman in 2016 she became the first female skier in Plymouth State history to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Alpine Skiing Championships and earned a twelfth place finish in slalom, the highest finish ever at NCAAs for a PSU skier. In 2017, Einarsdottir again qualified for the NCAA Alpine Skiing Championships and finished fifteenth in slalom and nineteenth in giant slalom. Her impressive finish in the slalom event made her the first PSU skier to post multiple top-15 finishes in national competition.
Einarsdottir was named to the Eastern Intercollegiate All-East team last winter with seventh place slalom and eighth place giant slalom results at the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships, and had four additional top-ten regular season finishes. She was also named to the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association All-Academic team in recognition of her near-perfect grade point average (GPA).
Einarsdottir has been honored by PSU as the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year each of the past two years.
Einarsdottir credits her experience as a student-athlete at Plymouth State and the training and racing she is able to do in New Hampshire with helping her to achieve her goals as a world-class skier, while also working toward her college degree and being part of the PSU "family."
"Freydis is a great competitor and an outstanding student-athlete, who we are fortunate to call a Panther," said Geoff Ouellette, head coach of the PSU ski team. "She works tirelessly to excel in her sport and in the classroom. We are very proud of her, and our entire PSU community will be cheering for her as she competes in PyeongChang."
"I am so happy that Freydis will be able to experience something that very few people on this earth get to experience," added PSU Director of Athletics Kim Bownes. "She has worked so hard to get to this level and truly deserves to represent her home country of Iceland in PyeongChang. I know that everyone here in the athletic department will be rooting her on."
Einarsdottir will depart for South Korea on Friday, Feb. 2, where she will meet-up with the rest of the Icelandic Olympic Team to train prior to the Olympic Games. Her events are scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 12, and Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Einarsdottir plans to return to the U.S. and resume her life as a student-athlete on Friday, Feb. 16, just in time for the Williams College Carnival for one final tune-up before the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships the following weekend.
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