Asa Miller and POC President Abraham Tolentino during the opening ceremony

YANQING – Asa Miller, the country’s lone Winter Olympic qualifier in the Beijing Winter Games, returned to training at the snowy National Alpine Skiing Centre atop the Xiaohaituo mountain on Saturday morning after a one day rest to attend last night’s opening ceremony night in Beijing.

Miller skied from 10 a.m. until 12 noon and was accompanied by his father Kelly on the giant slalom practice area, showing no sign of slowing down despite the soreness he felt on Friday after three straight days of rigid training since Tuesday morning.

“He [Asa] felt really good today during his return to training. It’s more on slalom training for today,” Philippine Ski and Snowboard Federation (PSSF) President Jim Apelar said on Saturday morning while waiting for the Millers to come out from the wax cabin after their training.

“It’s much better today than yesterday even though he’s a little bit tired.”

The 21-year-old Filipino-American alpine skier said they need to return to the venue and train to familiarize more with the snowy terrain.

He was also impressed with China’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony, saying he was amazed with the program spectacle and the fireworks.

Meanwhile, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) together with the rest of the delegation headed by Chef de Mission Bones Floro were impressed with the great opening spectacle on Friday night at the Beijing National Stadium.

“It was superb preparation and great opening show,” POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said, who went to Zhangjiakou Athletes Village – one of the three main competition zones after Beijing and Yanqing – for a meeting. “We are very thankful to Asa for representing us here.”

Philippines was at No. 69 in the order of parade among the 91 nations.

Miller, who will be competing for his second consecutive Winter Olympics after his debut in 2018 Pyeongchang South Korea Games, is scheduled to vie in the men’s giant slalom on February 13 and men’s slalom on February 16.

Source: Manila Bulletin (