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Travel Spotlight: Montclair State Student Headed to South Korea to Compete in 2018 Olympics

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Isadora Williams will be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February for Brazil.

The Montclair State University student, who first competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, learned to skate at the age of 5. 

“It was honestly a dream come true to compete in Sochi,” Williams told the Montclairion. “As a little kid, I always watched the Olympics on TV and aspired to be like the skaters I saw. It was such a surreal experience to actually be one of them – and to be the first Brazilian figure skater at the Olympics.”

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Williams, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and American father, learned of her 2018 Winter Olympics spot at the 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany in September. She will be skating for Brazil, once again, in February in Pyeongchang.

Williams stated in a prior interview that she was overwhelmed in Sochi and may have cracked under pressure, but feels ready for Pyeongchang. 

“I was overwhelmed by the games themselves and cracked under the pressure,” she recalls. “Things will definitely be better this time around. I’ve matured and have had a lot more experience competing – and am much more confident – since the last games.”

WIlliams has a full load of classes at MSU and is a Nutrition and Food Science major, with a concentration in Dietetics. She also balances a full schedule of training and coaching, with up to three hours on the ice at Floyd Hall Arena up to five days per week.

For the Olympics, Williams stated that she will be skating to “Hallelujah” sung by k.d. lang for her short program and “Nyah” by CH2 for her free skate.

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