Artificial city

Asa Miller adapts well to Beijing’s artificial snow

Asa Miller completed another full training routine on Sunday and believes he has adapted to the artificial snow in Yanqing.

“Today’s training was good,” said Miller, 21, now at his second consecutive Winter Games. This time, however, he is competing by his solitaire this time. Four years ago in Pyeongchang, he was with figure skater Michael Martinez.

Stockier this time around in his 5-foot-8 frame, the demands of alpine skiing weigh on all athletes — and Miller is no exception.

“No pain and less pain this time,” said Asa whose father, Kelly, constantly monitored her routine at the National Alpine Ski Center on Xiaohaituo Mountain.

“His fifth day [training] it was good. He had some good practice runs. said Kelly.

Beijing is challenged by a lack of snow, particularly at the alpine skiing venue, and organizers have had to pump snow from the snowmaking equipment. A story by Sons described the process as spraying atomized water into the air with mechanically created nucleators – tiny ice crystals – that act as seeds for the made snowflakes.

Portland-based Asa Miller will compete in the men’s giant slalom starting at 10 a.m. Sunday and will return three days later for the slalom also at 10 a.m.

Miller took the day off last Friday to rest his muscles and attend the opening ceremony in Beijing. But while he’s at the Olympic Village here, he’s still conditioning his muscles in the gym.

“I always train in the village, focusing mainly on my legs, strength and stability,” said Miller, whose training, preparation and participation in Beijing are fully supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.

Organizers moved men’s training from Sunday to the afternoon session to prioritize female athletes, whose event will take place on Monday.

So Sunday morning was something of a day off for the economics major at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He relaxed listening to his favorite alternative pop music.

Another challenge for the organizers was the stronger winds on a different course over the weekend. This forced them to move the men’s downhill competition to another day.

But Kelly Miller said their side of the mountain was unaffected by the wind.