Philippines Breaks Ice in Winter Sports at 2024 Gangwon Youth Games

In a remarkable step for Philippine sports, the nation is poised to showcase its emerging talent in winter sports at the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Games. 

This participation marks a significant milestone for the Philippines, known for its tropical climate, as it increases its involvement in winter sports. The event, hosted in South Korea from January 19 to February 1, will witness three Filipino athletes competing in various disciplines, highlighting the nation's dedication to diversifying its sports portfolio.

Leading the Philippines' venture into winter sports are Peter Groseclose in short track speed skating, Laetaz Amihan Rabe in freestyle skiing, and Avery Balbanida in cross-country skiing. Their participation signifies the Philippines' consecutive appearance in the Winter Youth Olympics since 2020, reflecting the country's commitment to nurturing diverse sporting talents.

Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president, emphasizes the importance of this event in boosting the Philippines' international sports presence. It's not just about competing; it's about making a global statement in sports.

Moreover, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore's involvement underscores the widening reach of winter sports, encompassing nations not traditionally linked with these activities. This expansion is crucial in highlighting the adaptability of Southeast Asian athletes in global sports competitions.


The 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Games serve as a beacon of inspiration, demonstrating the unifying power of sports beyond geographical and climatic boundaries. It showcases the Philippines' determination in various sports and its spirit to excel and succeed globally.

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