- Skier Ana Noelle Wahleithner, 16, became the first Filipina to book a ticket to the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games
- She was able to secure a slot in the Olympics for garnering points in various international races
- She became the youngest female spine skier to represent the country
Teen skier Ana Noelle Wahleithner became the first Filipina to secure a slot in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games after gaining points from various international competitions.
Sixteen-year-old Wahleithner, according to a report, accumulated points in various International Federation of Skiing (FIS) sanctioned races this year, which were enough to send her to the Youth Olympics that will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland next year.
Wahleithner’s mother, Angela, shared in an interview with ABS-CBN that when her daughter turned 15-and-a-half in 2018, “she became an athlete registered under the Philippines with an FIS license.” The young Wahleithner is both a Filipino and American citizen.
“She became the youngest female alpine skier to represent the country and the license allows Ana to race in international competitions,” Angela continued.
It was reported that Wahleithner’s first international competition in New Zealand last July 2018 led her to represent the country at the 2019 Alpine Skiing Junior World Championship last February in Italy.
“Ana was the first Philippine female alpine skier to successfully finish this competition. Participating in and finishing the JWC competition in February qualified her to race in the 2020 Winter YOG. The POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) was notified by the FIS that the Philippines had a female alpine skiing slot in June 2019. The POC confirmed that the spot is allocated to Ana last October 5,” Angela further said; expressing that “Ana exceeded our expectations, and our entire family is very proud of her.”
The teen skier is set to train with the Sugar Bowl Academy Team in Saas Fe, Switzerland, this month and she will be training in Vail, Colorado come November to prepare her for the 2020 Youth Olympics.