Asa Miller takes 70th at Winter Olympic Games

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Asa Miller takes 70th at Winter Olympic Games

Senior Asa Miller prepares for his run in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 18.

Senior Asa Miller prepares for his run in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 18.

Courtesy of Asa Miller

Senior Asa Miller prepares for his run in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 18.

Courtesy of Asa Miller

Courtesy of Asa Miller

Senior Asa Miller prepares for his run in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 18.

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Senior Asa Miller qualified for the medal round of the men’s giant slalom event of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, eventually finishing in 70th place in a field of 110 competitors.

Miller competed for the Philippines, where he has dual citizenship, and was the country’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony.

He placed 81st after his first run with a time of 1:27:52, enough to qualify him for the medal round. After a second run of 1:22:43, he improved to 70th place.

“My favorite part of my Olympic experience has been the relationships I’ve created with other athletes who are now my good friends, but there are so many other things I could’ve mentioned instead,” he told the Cardinal Times.

Competitors in the giant slalom event ski downhill moving side-to-side between evenly spaced gates. Miller has competed in the event internationally before, including at competitions in New Zealand and Sweden, qualifying him for the Olympic Games.

He started skiing at 1 1/2 years old and trains at Mt. Hood Meadows.

If it were up to Miller, this will not be the last Olympics he competes in.

“I’d love to compete in another Olympics, and it will definitely be a goal to ski in Beijing, four years from now,” he said.