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Plymouth State celebrates Einarsdottir's Olympic appearance

Freydis Einarsdottir (center) with PSU Director of Athletics Kim Bownes (left) and President Don Birx (right) during the unveiling of a banner commemorating her appearance in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. John Tully - Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
March 07, 2018
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University alpine skier Freydis Einarsdottir (Garðabær, Iceland) was honored during the first intermission of the PSU men's ice hockey Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) semifinal playoff game at Hanaway Rink on Tuesday night, Feb. 27.

Two weeks earlier, Einarsdottir became the first PSU student-athlete to compete in an Olympic Games. She was one of just three skiers, and the only female alpine skier, to represent her home country of Iceland at the Games, and was selected to carry the Iceland flag in the Parade of Nations during the opening ceremony.

Plymouth State University President Donald Birx and Director of Athletics Kim Bownes joined Einarsdottir on the ice during the first intermission. The duo presented Einarsdottir with an engraved plaque to commemorate her appearance at the Olympic Games.

The plaque, an image of Einarsdottir competing in the giant slalom in PyeongChang, contained an inscription reading, "Once a Panther, Always a Panther … Once an Olympian, Always an Olympian."

A 25-foot long banner celebrating her achievement was unveiled to the crowd of 976 people, and will be displayed on campus so the entire Plymouth community can help honor her accomplishment.

Einarsdottir presented the athletic department with a memento from the Games, a stuffed Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, wearing skis and goggles.

Also in attendance were members and coaches of the PSU ski team and a number of ski alumni.

Einarsdottir competed in the giant slalom and slalom in PyeongChang, posting a 41st place finish in the slalom and a DNF in the GS after missing a gate during her second run.

She is one of the most decorated skiers in program history. 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 12th 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 15th in slalom and 19th in giant slalom and she became the first PSU skier to post multiple top-15 finishes in national competition.

Earlier last week she was selected for the NCAA Alpine Skiing Championships for the third time. She is scheduled to compete at Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from March 7-10.

Einarsdottir has been honored by PSU as the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year each of the past two years and was named to the Eastern Intercollegiate All-East team following seventh place slalom and eighth place giant slalom results at the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships last year. 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).

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