Methow Valley biathlete Eli Nielsen will be part of the U.S. team competing in the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, on Feb. 9-22.
Nielsen is a sophomore at Liberty Bell High School. He was also a 2015 USA Youth and Junior Biathlon World Championship Team Trials qualifier. Nielsen’s family lives in Stehekin but he competes for Liberty Bell (on the cross-country running team) and the Methow Valley Nordic Team.
The 10-day competition in Norway for athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 will feature all 15 sport disciplines on the program for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. More than 1,100 athletes from nearly 70 nations are expected to participate.
The 62-member U.S. roster is comprised of 42 men and 20 women — an increase from the 57 athletes who represented Team USA at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games that took place in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012. A total of 21 states are represented on the U.S. roster.