Asa Miller will hit the slopes of Yongpyong Alpine Center for his Winter Olympics debut in Pyeongchang, South Korea Sunday morning.
The 17-year-old Filipino raised in Oregon will compete in men’s giant slalom, a technical Alpine-skiing event that involves navigating between poles or gates.
The first run is due to begin at 9:15 a.m., (Manila time) and the second run at 12:45 p.m., after which the two times are combined. Miller is one of 110 participants.
According to his profile on the Pyeongchang Games official website, Miller was introduced to the sport in the US when he was 8.
The Philippines’ flag bearer in these Games, Miller considers qualifying for the Olympics and competing in the world junior championships last year as his most memorable achievements.
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 a report from Reuters
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