by Kristel Satumbaga
Fil-American skier Asa Miller made a respectable debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics after finishing 70th in the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre in South Korea.
The 17-year-old Miller registered 1 minute and 26.70 seconds on his first run in the morning for 80th place and returned with a better time at 1:22.43 in the afternoon for a two-race total of 2:49.95.
Only 85 out of 110 competitors completed the first run and 75 skiers in the second and final run.
Austrian Marcel Hirscher clinching the gold in 2:18.04, with Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen (2:19.31) and France’s Alexis Pinturault (2:19.35) settling for silver and bronze, respectively.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon to an American father and a Filipina mother, Miller’s family, and friends had to set up a fundraising drive to compete in several races and qualify to the Olympics.
He took a three-week off as a senior student at Lincoln High School to focus on the Games.
Miller’s performance caps off the country’s participation in the Games, with figure skater Michael Martinez failing to qualify in the medal round after finishing 28th in the men’s short program on Friday.