Irina Armstrong

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Irina Armstrong
Personal information
Nickname Ice Baby
Born (1970-12-06) 6 December 1970 (age 46)
Vologda, Russia
Home town Gangelt
Germany
Darts information
Playing darts since 2001
Darts 23g Unicorn
Laterality Right
Walk-on music "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2001-
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi Final: 2011
World Masters Quarter Final: 2008, 2013
World Darts Trophy Last 16: 2015
Zuiderduin Masters Semi Final: 2009
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Brabant Open
Chris de Roo
Starlight Open
Belgium Open
Roermond Open
World Cup Ladies' Pairs
Finland Open
German Gold Cup
Dortmumd Open
Zercom Open
Open Holland
French Open
Primus Masters
Flanders Open
England Open
Czech Open
Swiss Open
Denmark Open
Swedish Open
Hungarian Open
Luxembourg Open
2002
2004
2004, 2005
2006
2006
2007 (with Anastasia Dobromyslova)
2007
2008, 2009
2008
2008
2008
2008, 2010, 2011
2008
2008, 2009
2009
2009
2010, 2011
2011, 2012
2011
2011
2011

Irina Armstrong (Russian: Ирина Армстронг, born December 6, 1970 in Vologda) is a Russian-born German darts player, nicknamed Ice Baby.

Career[edit]

Irina started out playing ten-pin bowling until she was pregnant and decided to pick up darts. From then, she has quickly risen to be one of the top lady players in the world. She picked up wins in the singles and pairs events in the Belgium Open and Finland Open, and followed it up with a win in the German Open pairs with Carina Ekberg of Sweden,.[1] Her greatest achievement to date came at the 2007 WDF World Cup in Rosmalen, Netherlands, where she won the Ladies' Pairs title with Anastasia Dobromyslova.

Her performances in 2008 included wins in the French Open, Dortmund Open, German Gold Cup, Open Holland, and the Primus Masters. She was also the runner-up of the England Open, Swiss Open, and the Danish Open, and moved to as high as 3rd in the world rankings.

Despite her successes during 2008, Irina was surprisingly overlooked for a place in the Zuiderduin Masters, a BDO major held in the Netherlands. Having missed out initially on an automatic place for the tournament by just one place, a spot was made available after Anastasia was forced to withdraw from the competition after Dutch authorities prevented her from playing in the event because of her visa problems, but it was given to Lisa Ashton, who would go on to win the tournament. Still hoping for a wild card, this was then handed to German player Monique Lessmeister, who at the time was ranked 66 places below her in the world rankings.

Irina continued her good form into 2009 and secured qualification for the Lakeside World Championship by winning the England Open. She also made up for last year's disappointment by ensuring qualification for the Zuiderduin.

2010 saw Irina at Lakeside for the first time, losing the quarter finals to Deta Hedman. During the course of the year Irina had the following results:

  • 2010 Lakeside debut
  • 2010 German Open, runner up
  • 2010 Open North Holland, Champion
  • 2010 Mariflex Open, runner up
  • 2010 Antwerp Open, semi finalist
  • 2010 Swiss Open, champion
  • 2010 Belgium Open, semi finalist
  • 2010 Sweden Open, runner up
  • 2010 Welsh Masters, semi finalist
  • 2010 British Open, semi finals

Irina once again qualified for Lakeside, 2011, and lost in the semi finals. Other results went well this year and were as follows:

  • Czech open 2nd
  • Sweden 1st
  • French open 1st
  • Luxembourg 2nd
  • Centreparcs pairs 2nd singles 2nd
  • Top of ghent 2nd
  • GCO mixed 3rd, ladies pairs 1st, sungles 2nd
  • German Masters 1st
  • German Open Ladies pairs ( with Lorraine Farlam ): Runners Up
  • Hungarian Open Ladies singles: Champion
  • Hungarian Open Ladies pairs ( with Liza Pugina ): Champions
  • Swiss Open Ladies singles: Champion
  • Swiss Open Ladies pairs ( with Karina Känzig ): Champions
  • Denmark 1st
  • DDV ranking, Marl champion
  • Scottish Open 2nd
  • Dutch Open semis singles, pairs runner up
  • Lakeside 3rd

2012 came and Irina again qualified for Lakeside ( 2013 ) Overall results for the year were as follows:

  • German gold cup 2nd
  • Scottish open 3rd
  • Ddv ranking Karlsruhe 1st
  • Mariflex 2nd
  • Denmark 1st
  • German Masters Champ
  • English Open 3rd
  • GCO 2nd
  • Antwerp 3rd
  • French Open 1st
  • Top of ghent 1st
  • Estonia Open 1st

WDF World Ranking[edit]

Ever since breaking into the top 10 of the WDF world rankings in 2007 (5th) Irina has been ever present in the top 3.

5th 2007
2nd 2008
2nd 2009
3rd 2010
2nd 2011
2nd 2012
3rd 2013

International appearances[edit]

Irina started her international career with her native Russia where she won a gold medal in the Ladies Pairs with Anastasia Dobromyslova. Irina always felt though that it was not right playing for Russia as she never played in any Russian ranking events in order to qualify for the team. Having lived in Germany for many years, and with the German organisation asking her on several occasions, Irina took time out from international appearances in order to be eligible for the German team. In 2013 Irina made her debut at the WDF World Cup singles for Germany in Canada where she finished runner up to England`s Deta Hedman. This was not her debut for Germany though she had previously played in the Lorna Croft Friendship Cup, helping Germany to win it for the first time in its history, she also played for Germany in the WDF Europe Cup.

Personal life[edit]

Irina is married to an Englishman named John Armstrong, with 2 children, son Christian and daughter Ksenia. She currently resides in Gangelt, Germany and previously lived in the Netherlands. She is fluent in German and English.

Her main hobby outside of darts is making jewellery, which, whilst it started as a hobby has now become a very fast growing business.

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