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Elsa Guðrún and Freydís Halla Compete in Pyeong Chang

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Elsa Guðrún and Freydís Halla Compete in Pyeong Chang

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Elsa Guðrún Jónsdóttir and Freydís Halla Einarsdóttir have both had their race debuts at this year's Winter Olympics, Vísir reports.

Elsa Guðrún was the first Icelandic to compete in this year's games, taking part in the Women's 10 kilometer cross-country race on Thursday. She placed 78 of 90 competitors, completing the course in 31:12.8, roughly six minutes after gold medalist Ragnhild Haga from Norway.

Freydís Halla took part in the Women’s Giant Slalom on Thursday, but was unable to complete the race. She was in 51st place after her first slalom run, which was timed at 1:20.02, just under ten seconds behind Italy’s Manuela Moelgg, who was then in first place. During Freydís’ second run, however, the skier fell and did not complete her second and third runs. American Mikaela Shiffrin ultimately took home the gold medal.

All five of Iceland’s Olympic competitors are skiiers: Elsa Guðrún Jónsdóttir, Isak Stianson Pedersen, and Snorri Einarsson are cross-country skiers, while Freydís Halla Einarsdóttir and Sturla Snær Snorrason are Alpine skiers.

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