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Nina Armstrong wraps up Junior World Championships

March 2, 2017
By staff , Lake Placid News

Lake Placid High School graduate Nina Armstrong wrapped up her first appearance at the biathlon Junior World Championships in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia on Tuesday by skiing the anchor leg of the 3x6-kilometer relay.

Armstrong, a sophomore at Harvard College, and her United States teammates finished 17th in the relay and were 11 minutes, 30 seconds behind the Norwegian team that won gold.

Armstrong was joined by Siena Ellingson, of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Helen Wilson, of Eagle River, Alaska. As a team, the Americans accumulated five penalties and 11 spare rounds. Wilson had the best day on the range, needing just one spare in prone and one in standing, while Armstrong cleaned from the standing position.

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Nina Armstrong, of Lake Placid, skis in the biathlon Junior World Championships in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia. Armstrong competed in three different events over the last week.
(Photo — U.S. Biathlon/Jim Levins)

Norway, with Hilde Eide, Caroline Erdal and Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold, took first place with eight spares and a time of 56:18.4. Germany finished behind Norway for the silver medal with one penalty and nine spares, 16.5 seconds back, while Russia, with one penalty and eight spares, won the bronze medal, 26.1 seconds behind.

Armstrong also competed in two individual events during the Junior World Championships. She finished 65th in the 12.5-kilometer race Thursday and came back Saturday with another 65th-place finish in the 7.5-kilometer sprint. She recorded eight penalties in Thursday's race and five on Saturday.

"After the first three days of competition in cloudy, warm and windy conditions, the sun popped out on Saturday morning, glistening on the tracks that were frozen hard and fast after a cold overnight," according to a USA Biathlon press release. "However, the in-and-out sun was accompanied by wind crossing the shooting range from left to right, calm at times but very gusty at others."

Ellingson was the top American woman in Saturday's sprint, with just one penalty on the range to finish 1:38.7 behind Italy's Michela Carrara, who took the gold medal with clean shooting in 20:57.8. Behind Carrara, Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold of Norway, with one penalty, won the silver medal, 15.2 seconds back.The bronze medal went to Myrtille Begue of France, also shooting clean, 31.5 seconds behind.

Ellingson's 18th-place sprint finish gave Team USA its fourth top-20 finish in as many days at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships.

The American squad also received a 14th-place finish from Chloe Levins, of Rutland, Vermont, and a 16th-place finish from Vaclav Cervenka, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota in Wednesday's women's and men's youth individual races, respectively. Levins then went on to notch an 11th-place finish in Friday's youth women's sprint.

 
 

 

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