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Plymouth State University Student Freydis Einarsdottir Representing Home Country of Iceland at Winter Olympics

Although many at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire are cheering for Team USA in Pyeongchang, they're also rooting for their fellow student, Icelandic athlete Freydis Einarsdottir.

Einarsdottir, an alpine skier, will compete for her home country in the slalom and giant slalom events, which take place on Monday, Feb. 12, and Wednesday, Feb. 14.

She is one of three alpine skiers representing Iceland in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and the first Plymouth State University student to compete in the games.

"I have worked so hard for so long to reach this goal, and I am naturally very excited and honored to represent my country," Einarsdottir said in a statement. "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 do in my training."

Einarsdottir has been honored by her university as the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year back to back in the past two years.

"Freydis is a great competitor and an outstanding student-athlete, who we are fortunate to call a Panther," Plymouth State's alpine ski team head coach Goeff Ouellette, said in a statement. "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 PSU athletic department will be rooting for her."

She plans to return to the U.S. and resume her life as a student-athlete by Friday, and plans to participate in the Williams College Carnival before the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association's championships in March.

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