PSU skier finishes Olympic competition in PyeongChang

PSU skier finishes Olympic competition in PyeongChang

Einarsdottir places 41st in slalom

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University junior alpine skier Freydis Einarsdottir (Garðabær, Iceland) earned a 41st place finish in a field of 78 slalom racers at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on Friday.

            Einarsdottir, who wore bib 48, sat in 46th place after finishing her first run in 56.49 seconds. Her split time at the first intermediate was the 51st fastest but she picked up speed through the more difficult middle portion of the course, moving into 48th by the second intermediate and 46th by the end of her first run.

            She posted similar splits through her second run, recording the 42nd fastest time of run two. Her combined time of 1:53.15 put her in 41st place, 14.52 seconds off the gold medal pace of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. Pre-race favorite Mikaela Shiffrin of Team USA just missed the podium, finishing fourth with a combined time of 1:39.03.

PSU junior Freydis Einarsdottir during the Parade of Nations.     

            Einarsdottir also competed in the giant slalom on Thursday. Wearing bib 60, she moved up the rankings in her first run, finishing with a time of 1:20.02 to sit in 51st place. She was off to a good start in her second run before catching an edge to register a DNF. She was one of 23 racers, roughly 30% of the field of 81 skiers, who were unable to complete both runs.

            Einarsdottir kicked off the Olympic Games as the flag bearer for Iceland during the Parade of Nations last Friday (Feb. 9). She is scheduled to compete in the slalom at the Williams College Carnival at Jiminy Peak/Berkshire East Mountain Resort tomorrow in the final tune-up before EISA Championships next weekend.



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