Kiwi skier Campbell Wright shines at Youth Winter Olympics

Cross-country skier Campbell Wright's first thought was getting a nap, after narrowly missing the podium at the Youth Winter Olympics.

The 17-year-old Wanaka student finished fourth in the biathlon to grab a piece of history in a sport few Kiwis have ever considered competing in.

Former coach Sam Lee believes a New Zealander staking a claim in a European-dominated sport, combining skiing and shooting, shouldn't be underestimated.

"It's like Namibia coming to New Zealand and beating the All Blacks," Lee told Newshub. 

"For a 17-year-old to achieve this result... it didn't come overnight, it's come from years of hardwork and dedication."

That dedication shone through, as Wright powered to the finish 21 seconds behind the winner in New Zealand's best-ever biathlon result. 

"Crossing the finish line was a bit of relief," said Wright. "I was pretty crack dog and I was like, 'oh, time for a lie down'.

"Tools down, I can relax now."

But he won't be relaxing for long.

Wright's getting the most out of his time in France by competing in five events across biathlon and cross-country skiing. 

"It's going to be a good experience for him, and he might as well take it and see what he can do," Lee added. "He's got an amazing natural ability."  

That's why Campbell Wright carried the New Zealand flag at the opening ceremony and is making history on the skis.

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