Filipino-American skater clinches fourth in ISU Junior World Cup 1
After a five-year hiatus in the global ice skating scene, the Philippines set a triumphant comeback as Filipino-American Peter Groseclose came in fourth in the 1000m event and sixth in the 500m event of the ISU Junior World Cup Speed Skating 1.
The teenage short track speed skater only narrowly missed the podium in Enschede, Netherlands, clocking in at one minute and 27.280 seconds in the men’s 1000-meter race to land in fourth place with his fast moves.
In a race that almost had Groseclose clinching the bronze medal, the 15-year-old Washington-based Fil-Am skater trailed South Korea’s Han Byeonchan (bronze medalist), China’s Zhang Tianyi (silver medalist) and Li Kun who won the gold medal.
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Meanwhile, in a historic comeback, Filipino skaters have come out of a five-year hiatus in the world of ice skating competition. Skater Michael Martinez was the last to represent the country on a global scale.
Groseclose’s roots trace back to his Filipina mom Victoria De Guzman from San Juan. At the age of seven, he started his skating journey following his older sister who is also into figure skating.
Fast forward to now, Groseclose also snagged a spot to represent the Philippines in the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics in South Korea.
As our applause echoes through the cold arenas, we can’t wait to see what’s next for Peter Groseclose.