Asa Miller finishes 70th in Olympic Alpine skiing


Posted at Feb 18 2018 02:43 PM

Asa Miller of Philippines competes. Mike Segar, Reuters

Filipino-American skier Asa Miller wrapped up his first ever Winter Olympics stint by placing 70th in the Alpine skiing event on Sunday morning in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The 17-year-old Miller was in 81st place after his first run, with a time of 1:27.52.

But he rose 11 places after a strong second run that he completed with a time of 1:22.43.

His combined time of 2:49.95 was good for 70th among a total of 110 skiers.

Miller, who was raised in Oregon, was 31.91-seconds off the gold medalist, Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who had a time of 2:18.04.

Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen was second with a time of 2:19.31, while France's Alexis Pinturault settled for bronze with a time of 2:19.35.

Miller was the Philippines' flag-bearer in the opening ceremonies, and is one of only two Filipinos in the Olympics. The other, Michael Martinez, competed in men's figure skating.

In giant slalom, the gates are spaced at a greater distance to each other than in slalom but not as far apart as in the super-G, a later development.

While giant slalom lacks the raw speed of the downhill and super-G, the technique shown by the skiers as they carve their way down the slope can be breathtaking.

Although it is one of Alpine skiing’s technical rather than speed events, the top skiers can still get up to 40 kph on the giant slalom course and crashes can be dramatic. – With Reuters