Meet the Athlete: Rosa Rut Sigrunardottir


Josh Halper

Senior Rosa Sigrunardottir sprints through a player tunnel prior to Park's game against Minneapolis Southwest.

Amaia Barajas

When did you start playing?

I started playing soccer when I was 7 years old and two years ago I took a break. When I came here, I thought it would be a great opportunity to (start playing again).

How is soccer in Iceland different than soccer in the U.S.?

We don’t have high school soccer (in Iceland), we just practice in clubs. It’s a lot different here because we’re all in the same school. I know the girls on my team a lot better than the girls back in Iceland that I’ve played with for two to three years.

What position/s do you play?

I play forward, I could do midfielder or goalie but it’s not my favorite.

How has it been playing for Park?

It’s been awesome. We’ve had a couple of hard games, but it just makes us a better team. It’s been good to (make) friends and it’s given me a lot of opportunities.

Do you participate in any other sports or activities?

I want to try basketball and try theater.

How long are you going to be in the U.S.?

I am an exchange student, but no one went to Iceland, so I’m just here living with my host family

Do you feel as if you’ve improved while playing at Park?

Definitely, I feel like I’m growing as a player. How we play the game, the girls know more of the strategy and working hard to get better.

What do you hope you’ll learn from this experience?

I hope I’ll learn to be quicker and to know how other players play.

What’s the difference between living in the U.S. rather than Iceland?

People here are more open, it is easy to find friends or find someone who helps you out. I love living here and if I could choose now, I would like to live here for longer time than one year.”