The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off today, Feb 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Events run until February 25, 2018 with South Korean president Moon Jae-In officially declaring PyeongChang 2018 open.
Delegations paraded into the Pyeongchang Olympics Stadium with 92 nations and teams participating and 2,952 athletes competing in 102 events in seven sports.
North and South Korean athletes march together under a unified flag. Opening ceremony guests include US Vice President Mike Pence and Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong.
The Philippines will make its second consecutive participation after it became part in 2014 edition in Sochi, Russia.
Michael Martinez will compete in figure skating while Asa Miller will be representing the Philippines in alpine skiing.
This is Michael’s second time to join Winter Olympics. He is the first skater from Southeast Asia to qualify for the Olympics and represented the Philippines at the 2014 Wintter Olympics. A multi-awarded figure skater, Michael is the 2015 Asian Figure skating champion and silver medalist at the 2014 Warsaw Cup.
Seventeen year old Filipino-American Asa Miller was born in Oregon, United States with a Filipina mother who is a native of Santa Cruz, Manila.
Miller qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics by accumulating sufficient points set by the International Ski Federation.
He has participated and won in tournaments within the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.