CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second consecutive year, Harvard junior Nina Armstrong of the Nordic ski team was selected to the U.S. Junior (U21) World Biathlon Championship team after competing in the national team trials on Dec. 28 and 29. More than 50 athletes competed in the trials held in Coleraine, Minnesota.
Facing adverse weather conditions and frigid temperatures, Armstrong turned in strong performances throughout the trials. The Lake Placid, N.Y. native finished with the second-best time for a Junior in Thursday's 7.5-km sprint competition with a time of 0:28:40.7. In Friday's 6-km sprint competition, she also finished second amongst all Juniors with a time of 24 minutes and 33 seconds.
Due to the extreme cold in Minnesota on Saturday and Sunday, the trials were cut short.
The Junior Biathlon World Championships will take place on Feb. 26 through Mar. 4 in Otepaa, Estonia. Armstrong is joined on the U.S. squad by Chloe Levins of Rutland, Vermont, Amanda Kautzer of Plymouth, Minnesota and Lucy Hochshartner of Casper, Wyoming.
Armstrong and the Crimson begins its 2018 campaign at the Colby Carnival in Sugarloaf Maine on Jan. 13-14.