Fil-Ams included in Team USA for Winter Olympics

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Posted at Feb 05 2018 04:33 PM

At least two Filipino-Americans will be among the over 200 athletes who will represent the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang starting on February 9.

According to NBC News, speed skater JR Celski and snowboarder Hailey Langland are among 11 Asian-Americans who may bring home medals from the Winter Games.

Speedskating Olympic hopeful JR Celski attends the 100 Days Out Sochi Winter Olympics Event at NBC's TODAY Show on October 29, 2013 in New York City. Mike Stobe, Getty Images/AFP

The 27-year-old Celski is already an established star in the Winter Olympics, having won three medals. In 2010 in Vancouver, he won bronze in the 5000-meter relay and 1500-meter individual event, and in 2014 in Sochi he won a silver in the 5,000-meters.

Celski's mother is Filipino while his father in Polish. He will again represent the US in short-track speed skating in the Winter Games.

Snowboarder Hailey Langland poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 27, 2017 in Park City, Utah. Ezra Shaw, Getty Images/AFP

Another American athlete with Filipino roots is 17-year-old Hailey Langland, who will compete in the women's snowboarding big air event.

The daughter of a Fil-Am mother and an American father, Langland is competing in the Winter Games for the first time. However, she has previously represented the US in the Youth Olympics. She has also competed in the X Games in 2016 and 2017.

The Philippines will, of course, be represented by Michael Martinez in men's figure skating, and Asa Miller in the men's alpine skiing.

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