Philippines at the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Philippines at the
2018 Winter Olympics
Flag of the Philippines.svg
NOCPhilippine Olympic Committee
in Pyeongchang, South Korea
February 9–25, 2018
Competitors2 in 2 sports
Flag bearer Asa Miller (opening and closing)
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

The Philippines competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from 9 to 25 February 2018. The country was represented by two male athletes, a figure skater and an alpine skier.


The Philippines made its second consecutive participation at the Winter Olympic Games after they participated in the 2014 edition in Sochi, Russia. They had previously achieved this feat when they participated in the 1988 and 1992 editions.[1]

Michael Christian Martinez, the sole competitor for the Philippines in 2014, originally failed to qualify for the 2018 edition of the Games after failing to secure qualification through the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy.[2] However, after Sweden returned their quota spot in January 2018,[3] the Philippines was assigned the quota spot, thereby allowing Michael Christian Martinez to compete in the Olympics.[4]

The Philippines was also assigned a quota spot for a male athlete in alpine skiing by the International Ski Federation.[5] Asa Miller, who was also the country's flag bearer in the opening ceremony,[6][7] is set to compete for the Philippines in the sport.[8]

Tom Carrasco, Jr., who is the chef de mission for the Philippine delegation, has said he is "not expecting much" from the participation and is just looking to build experience of the athletes.[9]


The following is the list of number of competitors which participated in the delegation per sport.[10]

Sport Men Women Total
Alpine skiing 1 0 1
Figure skating 1 0 1
Total 2 0 2

Alpine skiing[edit]

The Philippines achieved the following quota place.[5]

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Asa Miller Men's giant slalom 1:27.52 81 1:22.43 68 2:49.95 70

The country's single quota place was filled in by Asa Miller. Miller, who resides in Oregon within the United States, is allowed to compete for the Philippines due to his dual citizenship.[8][11] Miller made a fundraising campaign through GoFundMe for his Olympic stint though the Philippine Olympic Committee has volunteered to finance his expenses.[12]

In the giant slalom event contested in February 18, Miller entered the course at 104th in both the 1st and 2nd runs.[13] In the first run, Miller had a slight slip but was able to finish the course clocking 1:27.52 for 81st place[14] while in the second run he recorded a time of 1:22.43 for 68th place. His total run for the giant slalom was 2:49.95 finishing 70th overall.[13] 110 skiers participated. Among them only 85 completed the first run, and 75 finished the second and final run.[15] Miller's total time was 31.91 seconds behind gold medalist Marcel Hirscher of Austria.[16]

Figure skating[edit]

The Philippines achieved the following quota place.[4]

Athlete Event SP FS Total
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Michael Christian Martinez Men's singles 55.56 28 Did not advance

Michael Christian Martinez is the sole competitor for the Philippines in figure skating. He initially failed to qualify for Winter Olympics after not making a sufficient finish at the CS Nebelhorn Trophy on September 2017. On January 23, 2018, he was informed that he is eligible to participate in the Games after Sweden returned a quota place and went back to training. At that time he had already retired from figure skating to focus in body building and had to crash diet to reduce his weight from 75 kg (165 lb) to 68 kg (150 lb).[17] He and his coach, Slava Zagor left for Pyeongchang from Los Angeles on February 5, 2018.[18]

Martinez was the sixth to skate in the short program skated to the tune of “Emerald Tiger” by Vanessa-Mae in the short program where he accumulated a total of 55.56 points (26.04 points credited to elements performed).[17] He placed 28th among 30 competitors besting only Felipe Montoya of Spain and Yaroslav Paniot of Ukraine and failed to advance to the free skate program by placing within the bottom six in the short program.[19] He planned skate to the songs “El Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge! and “Tango de los Exilados” in the free skate program.[20]

Chef de mission, Tom Carrasco remarked Martinez did his best given the skater's "condition and circumstances". According to the official, Zagor described Martinez' short program as "not a bad performance".[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alberto, Noel (7 February 2018). "Pyeongchang 2018: The Philippines set to make second consecutive appearance at Winter Games". Vavel. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  2. ^ Leongson, Randolph (1 October 2017). "Martinez fails to qualify for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics". The Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  3. ^ "Well, no Olympic ticket for me". 22 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Figure skater Michael Martinez claims Olympics seat". The Philippine Star. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Alpine Skiing Quota List for Olympic Games 2018". International Ski Federation (FIS). 12 June 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  6. ^ Parry, Richard (9 February 2018). "Every flag bearer at Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony". London Evening Standard. UK. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Athlete Profile: Asa Miller". Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b Geist, Luke (29 November 2017). "Senior prepares to compete in the Olympics". The Cardinal Times. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  9. ^ Murillo, Michael Angelo (9 February 2018). "PHL taking the opportunities at the Olympic Winter Games". Business World. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  10. ^ "NOC Entries - Philippines". Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Meet Asa Miller, the Philippines' only delegate to Pyeongchang". ABS-CBN Sports. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  12. ^ Matel, Philip (20 January 2018). "PH Olympic pride rests on 17-year old Asa Miller's shoulders". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  13. ^ a b Ramos, Josef (18 February 2018). "Young Miller falls in Winter Olympics". The Manila Times. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  14. ^ Leongson, Randolph (18 February 2018). "Asa Miller ranks 81st after Run 1". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  15. ^ "2018 Winter Olympics: Miller finishes 70th in men's giant slalom". Manila Bulletin. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  16. ^ Leongson, Randolph (18 February 2018). "Asa Miller finishes in top 70 of men's giant slalom". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  17. ^ a b c "Winter Olympics: Pinoy figure skater Michael Martinez bows out in preliminaries". ABS-CBN News. Reuters, ABS-CBN. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Michael Martinez and coach depart for Pyeongchang". ABS-CBN News. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  19. ^ Mather, Victor; Longman, Jeré (16 February 2018). "Olympics Figure Skating Live Results: Yuzuru Hanyu Leads; Nathan Chen Stumbles". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  20. ^ Henson, Joaquin (1 February 2018). "Michael Martinez adjusts music for Olympics". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 1 February 2018.

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