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Einarsdottir soaks up Olympic experience in South Korea


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Freydis Einarsdottir made her Olympic debut in PyeongChang last week, racing in the slalom and giant slalom. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 21, 2018
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — As far as results go, the Olympic experience wasn't exactly what Freydis Einarsdottir was looking for.

However, as far as experiences go, the Olympics in general were certainly something she'll remember for a long time.

The Plymouth State senior came to PyeongChang representing her home country of Iceland and skied in the slalom and the giant slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Center in the Alpensia Resort.

Both races she was scheduled to compete in were postponed by windy weather, extending her stay in South Korea for a few days. The giant slalom was originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 12, and was moved to Thursday, Feb. 15, and the slalom was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14, and was moved to Friday, Feb. 16, meaning Einarsdottir skied on back to back days in PyeongChang.

In the giant slalom, she finished her first run but did not finish her second run.

She returned to the slopes the next day and finished in 46th in the first run of giant slalom with a time of 56.49 seconds amongst a field of competitors that included international stars Mikaela Shiffrin, Frida Hansdotter, Petra Vlhova and Wendy Holdener. Her second run was just a hair slower, finishing in 56.66 for a combined time of 1:53.15 for 41st place overall.

"I am enjoying it a lot, it is so much fun" the Panther senior noted. "I'm having a great time in the Olympic Village."

She noted that the Yongpyong Alpine Center is a challenging hill, which made her results less than desirable, but nonetheless, being at the Olympics, skiing against the best in the world was something to remember.

The venue announcer even got a mention of Plymouth State over the loudspeakers when Einarsdottir was tackling the slalom course.

The Plymouth State star also took a few minutes to talk about her experience growing up and her decision to choose the school she did.

"I wanted to go to school in the States to train and ski there," she said. "I got into three or four schools and I thought it was really well-located.

"There are lot of hills we can train on, even if ours is closed, we can go to other places," she continued. "And I liked the coach.

"It was the best option for me at the time," Einarsdottir noted. "And I'm really happy I decided to go there."

As a young child, Einarsdottir and her family lived in Norway and that was when she first got on skis and she learned the sport and enjoyed it as a family sport during her time there.

When she was seven, they moved back to Iceland and she started skiing in races.

"I enjoyed skiing as a family sport," she said. "But then my dad put me in gates and I loved it right away."

With her Olympic experience wrapped up after the giant slalom, Einarsdottir said her plan was to head back to New England the following day (Saturday).

"We have one last college race the following weekend," she said, noting she wasn't exactly sure what the plan was after that, as it would all depend on whether she made the NCAA championships.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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