Filled with excitement, Fil-American skier Asa Miller is bracing for the grandest race of his life as makes his debut for the Philippine team in the 2018 Winter Olympics that gets going tomorrow in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon to an American father and a Filipina mother, Miller, 17, hopes to make a good account of himself when he sees action in the men’s giant slalom on Feb. 18 at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre.
A member of the Mt. Hood Meadows race team in Portland for nearly a decade, Miller took a three-week off at Lincoln High School where he is in his senior year to focus on the Olympics.
He made the baseline qualifications for the Games with less than 140 points, racing around the United States and gaining points in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, thanks to the financial support from his friends and families plus an online fund raising drive.
Along with figure skater Michael Martinez, who’s set to compete for the second straight Games, Miller left from the United States last Tuesday and joined the welcome ceremony along with other Olympic hopefuls yesterday.
All participants are allowed to train once at the competition venue, while the rest of their preparations will be held at the training facility.