Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It was a welcome home of a couple kinds on Thursday morning for Duluth, Minn. native Anna Ringsred --- she's back in town for the first time since competing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, and she was speaking at her old elementary school.
Ringsred spoke to students at the Montessori School of Duluth for about an hour on Thursday morning, teaching them the basics of figure skating while also sharing her experiences from the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
"Being at the Olympics was sort of a turning point for me. It was an incredible experience, and realizing that you're now kind of a role model to younger kids, I want to go out and be that," Ringsred said. "I want to be a good role model and teach these kids that it's not always easy. It took me 16 years to get here, but I never gave up on my dreams, and look at me now."
Ringsred finished in 26th place in the 3,000-meters at the 2014 Olympic Games, and she said Thursday she still has not decided if she wants to take a run at qualifying for the Winter Games in 2018.