Five Icelanders Compete in 2022 Winter Olympics

Hólmfríður Dóra Friðgeirsdóttir and Erla Ásgeirsdóttir Beijing 2022

The Beijing Winter Olympics begin today, and five Icelanders are among the competitors. They are Hólmfríður Dóra Friðgeirsdóttir, Isak Stianson Pedersen, Kristrún Guðnadóttir, Snorri Einarsson, and Sturla Snær Snorrason. Two will be competing in their first Olympic games.

Hólmfríður is competing in women’s Alpine skiing, in the slalom, giant slalom, and Super-G events. Kristrún will compete in cross-country skiing, in the women’s sprint freestyle event. Snorri will compete in the 15km cross-country skiing event, Men’s 15km+15km Skiathlon, the 50km mass start freestyle event, and the Men’s Team Sprint Classic event. Isak will compete in the cross-country sprint and the Team Sprint Classic events.

Sturla Snær, Snorri, and Isak all competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Holmfríður and Kristrún will be competing in the Olympics for the first time. Kristrún and Sturla Snær will be Iceland’s flagbearers at the opening ceremony today.

Iceland European Champion in Group Gymnastics

Icelandic gymnastics national team

Iceland became the European group gymnastics champion in Portugal on Saturday when the women’s team won gold with a score of 57,250 points, narrowly beating the Swedish team. The team won the competition’s highest score in floor exercises in the women’s category with 22,300 points.

This was the first year Iceland also sent a men’s team to the competition, and they took home silver medals for their performance. The Icelandic youth team also won silver and bronze in the competition.

Björn Björnsson, one of the team’s coaches, told RÚV he hopes the men’s silver award encourages young men to train in gymnastics. “I think it can do nothing but increase the number of great boys in gymnastics. The next competition is coming up, in nine months, and we need more great boys.”

Two Swimmers to Carry Icelandic Flag During Olympic Opening Ceremony

Swimmers Snæfríður Sól Jórunnardóttir and Anton Sveinn McKee will carry the Icelandic flag during today’s Opening Ceremony for the 2020 Olympics, RÚV reports. This will be the first time that participating countries will have two flag-bearers, one man and one woman.

Team Iceland is made up of four athletes including Guðni Valur Guðnason, who will compete in discus throw, and Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson, who will compete in 10-metre air pistol shooting. Anton Sveinn will swim in the 200-metre breaststroke, while Snæfríður Sól will swim in two events: the 100- and 200-metre freestyle.

Iceland will be first team to enter the arena after the Team Greece, which always enters first, and the IOC Refugee Olympic team. The procession will proceed according to Japanese alphabetization, making Iceland – which is called aisurando (アイスランド) in Japanese – first in line.

The Opening Ceremony will begin at 8:00 PM in Japan, which is 11:00 AM in Iceland. RÚV will broadcast the ceremony live.

Four Icelanders Compete in Olympics this Month

Swimmer Snæfríður Sól Jórunnardóttir will be the only Icelandic woman competing in this year’s Olympics in Tokyo, mbl.is reports. There will be four Icelandic competitors at the games this year. This is the smallest Icelandic team to attend the Summer Olympics since 1964, when they were also held in the Japanese capital.

Snæfríður was allocated a quota place in the Olympic swimming competition where she will compete in both the 100-metre and 200-metre freestyle. She reached the B qualifying standard before the games in March this year. These are her first Olympic games.

Snæfríður will swim in the preliminary rounds in the 200-metre freestyle on July 26 and the preliminary rounds in the 100-metre freestyle on July 28. The other three Icelanders competing in the games are swimmer Anton Sveinn McKee, who qualified for the games last year, and marksman Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson and discus thrower Guðni Valur Guðnason, who were allocated quota seats.