Less than two weeks left before the 2018 Winter Olympics opening in Pyeongchang, South Korea—with the recent announcement of Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez’s inclusion a few days ago—let us turn back our attention to the other representative not so familiar to us: 17-year-old skier Asa Bisquera Miller.
Filipino-American Asa Miller, from Portland, Oregon, in the United States, is almost just like any active teenager—he attends high school and enjoys competitive sports. He fell in love with skiing through the encouragement of his father, who also liked the winter slopes back in his younger days. As early as 8 years old, the young Miller has skied with the Mt. Hood Meadows ski team, joining them eventually to compete. In the last nine years, he has raced both Stateside and overseas: “Locally: Washington, Wyoming, Canada, and more. Internationally: New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden.”
Needless to say it’s every athlete’s dream to compete internationally, and at the Olympic level at that, so when Miller got the news last December that he would be representing the Philippines in Pyeongchang, he couldn’t contain his pride and excitement.
Miller, whose Filipina mother hails from Manila, was able to come to the Philippines before (“2015, I went to visit my grandparents and extended family.”) and so he’s well aware of how Filipinos can get behind a kababayan that is fighting for flag and country.
The Olympics is only days away (inauguration is on February 9) and Miller leaves for South Korea on February 5. His camp has put a GoFundMe page to help raise money to support his future skiing endeavors, which will only get bigger and bigger after his stint in Korea. “My future plans are to race NCAA in college and represent the Philippines at least once more in the Olympic Games,” said Miller in an interview with MBody through the help of the Philippine Ski Federation.
As for the other form of support, Miller needs the fans more than ever and is encouraging Filipinos to enjoy watching him ski in the slalom and giant slalom events. His tip to help Filipinos understand and appreciate his sport more: “The skiing may be short, but it’s extremely difficult. The races often come down to hundredths of seconds to determine a winner, allowing the smallest mistakes to change the outcome greatly.”
We’ll be watching closely then.
Featured photo from Philippine Ski Federation Facebook Page.