Filipino speed skater Julian Macaraeg joins UCLA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) – Julian Macaraeg, the first Filipino speed skater to compete in the Winter Youth Olympics, confirmed in his social media account on Sunday that he will join the University of California, Los Angeles.

"L.A., please treat me well," Macaraeg said.

The Philippine Skating Union lauded the 17-year-old Macaraeg for joining UCLA, one of the athletic powerhouse universities in the United States.

"Celebrating wins on and off the ice. Congratulations to our rocket speed skater for making it to UCLA!" the PSU said.

The New York-based Macaraeg recorded a quarterfinal finish in the boys' 500-meter event and a semifinal finish in the mixed-National Olympic Committee team relay event in his historic Winter Youth Olympics stint in January 2020.

He is one of the two Filipino athletes who qualified for the competition, along with alpine skier Ana Wahleithner.

Macaraeg represented the country in the recent 2021 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships where he finished last in three events.

He is the only Filipino and one of only two athletes from tropical countries who joined the tilt, alongside Akash Aradhya of India.