Training goes smooth for Asa Miller on fifth day


Posted at Feb 06 2022 09:28 PM

Volunteers at work at the National Alpine Skiing Centre on Xiaohaituo Mountain. Handout photo.
Volunteers at work at the National Alpine Skiing Centre on Xiaohaituo Mountain. Handout photo

Asa Miller completed another full routine of training on Sunday, his fifth since arriving in Yanqing, China a week ago.

The alpine skier believes that he has now adjusted to the Chinese snow, with still a week left before he competes in the Beijing Winter Games.

"Today's training was good," said the 21-year-old Miller, who is appearing in his second consecutive Winter Games. He had debuted for the Philippines four years ago in Pyeongchang, where he was joined by figure skater Michael Christian Martinez in the Philippine team.

Stockier this time in his 5-foot-8 frame, the demands of alpine skiing takes toll on all athletes—and Miller's no exception.

"No soreness and pain this time," said Miller, whose dad Kelly constantly monitored his routine at the National Alpine Skiing Centre on Xiaohaituo Mountain.

"His fifth day [training] was good. He had a few good training runs," said Kelly Miller after father and son descended from the glacier.

Beijing is challenged by the lack of snow, especially in the alpine skiing venue, and organizers had to pump snow from snowmaking equipment. It has been reported that the process involves spraying atomized water into the air along with mechanically created nucleators—tiny ice crystals—that act as seeds for the manufactured snowflakes. 

The Portland-based Asa Miller will compete in the men's giant slalom starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday and will return three days later for the slalom also at 10 a.m..

Miller took a day off last Friday to rest his muscles and attend the opening ceremony in Beijing. But while at the Olympic Village here, he still conditions his muscles in the gym.

"I still train at the village, focusing mostly on my legs, core strength and stability," he explained. 

Organizers moved the men's training on Sunday to the afternoon session to give priority to the women athletes whose event comes on Monday.

Thus, Sunday morning was sort of a rest day for the Economics major at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and chilled off by listening to his favorite pop alternative music.

Another challenge for the organizers were the winds that got stronger on a different course over the weekend, forcing them to move the men's downhill competition to another day.

But Kelly Miller said their side of the mountain was not affected by the wind.

"It's not windy where we are," he assured.