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Filipino-American skater places fourth in ISU Junior World Cup

The Philippines marked its return to international speed skating after a five-year absence with impressive 4th and 6th place finishes.

Filipino American Peter Groseclose placed fourth in the 1000m event and sixth in the 500m event at the ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating 1 in Enschede, Netherlands, according to Inquirer.

The 15-year-old Washington-based Fil-Am skater clocked in at one minute and 27.280 seconds for the men’s 1000-meter race.

Just shy of placing bronze, Groseclose got fourth place after Han Byeonchan of South Korea (bronze medalist), Zhang Tianyi of China (silver medalist), and Li Kun, who secured the gold.

This marks a historic comeback for Filipino skaters after a five-year hiatus from global ice skating competitions, with Michael Martinez being the last representative. Groseclose, whose skating journey began at the age of seven, is set to represent the Philippines in the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics in South Korea, reports Inside the Game.

The Winter Youth Olympic games are set to take place next year on January 19 to February 1 in Gangwon, South Korea. It’s the first time the Youth Olympic Games will be held outside of Europe.

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