Alpine skier Asa Miller of the Philippines placed 70th in the men's giant slalom event of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Sunday at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The 17-year-old Filipino-American took to the slopes and finished with an accumulated time of 2:49.95 with a difference of 31.91 in his Olympic debut.
In the first run, he clocked in a time of 1:27.52, 19.25 seconds behind the top skier, to end up at number 81. Only 85 out of 110 competitors qualified for the medal round.
Miller got better results in his second run with a time of 1:22.43, ranking 68th out of 85. His combined time was good for 70th overall. Only 75 skiers finished both runs.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria won the gold medal after logging a time of 2:18.04. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway (2:19.31) and Alexis Pinturault of France (2:19.35) secured the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Giant slalom is a discipline of alpine skiing where competitors navigate between gates or sets of poles that are spaced at a greater distance than slalom but less than super giant slalom (super-G). Skiers use different techniques in making turns at the fastest time possible. Missing a gate or falling off course means disqualification from the event. It consists of two runs where finish times are combined at the end of the race.
Miller qualified for the Olympics by earning sufficient FIS (International Ski Federation) points after joining various competitions in Canada, USA, Sweden, and New Zealand.
Last March, the young skier competed in the 2017 World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships, where he joined four events - slalom, giant slalom, super-G, and alpine combined. He only got to finish the slalom race.
Miller, a dual citizen born in Portland, Oregon, was the flagbearer of the Philippines in the Pyeongchang Games. He is one of two Filipino athletes in this year's Winter Olympics, with figure skater Michael Martinez as the other representative. Martinez bowed out of the competition last Friday after finishing 28th in the men's single short program.