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Fil-Am skier tries to defy odds

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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

Fil-American skier Asa Miller is looking forward to the grandest race of his life when he debuts for the Philippine team in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Games will officially start today, but the 17-year-old Miller has more than a week to train when he competes in the men’s giant slalom on Feb. 18 at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

More than 100 entries are competing in the event and Miller, who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon to an American father and a Filipina mother, hopes to make an impact for the country.

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, to name a few – big thanks to the financial support that his friends, families and supports provided by raising an online fund drive.

Along with figure skater Michael Martinez, the other PH representative, Miller left from the United States on Tuesday and joined the welcome ceremony along with the other Olympians last Wednesday.

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