PH’s kiteboarding star Tio eyes gold in first Olympic stint

first_img“I’m pretty excited because it’s a really big thing. Not everyone can have the opportunity,” said Tio on Tuesday during a sit-down interview with select media at Fairway Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.READ: PH kiteboarding ace Tio clinches lone Youth Olympic Games berthFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The target is to get that gold, to win,” said Tio.Tio, who has a very laid back demeanor, isn’t unfazed despite facing a tall order to win it all. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Beach winds, challenges fuel dreams of Boracay kiteboarder He also believes a kitesurfing is one sport where Filipinos can definitely excel in.“Yeah. We’ve got lots of beaches, we’ve got lots of good wind so a lot of people here can do it.Tio, who turns 17 on Wednesday, flies back to Boracay Tuesday night. He is scheduled to be in Norway next month for an event which he also intends to use as part of his buildup for the YOG.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback PH’s kiteboarding ace Christian Tio.Filipino-Norwegian kiteboarding ace Christian Tio isn’t settling for less when he competes against the world’s best in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in October in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Tio, the only representative in the Asia and Oceanic regions in the YOG, has his sights set on the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery ONE: Catalan not after revenge against brother’s conqueror Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “I don’t really feel any pressure. I just feel happy to be representing my country,” he said.READ: PH bet Tio, Swedish star Kappel top kiteboard Boracay leg “It will be tough. I don’t really know the level but there are really a lot of tough competitors out there so I’ll train really hard to get that gold.”The frizzle-haired Tio, who hails from Boracay Island where he was taught by his mother to kite at 7 years old before participating in his first kitesurfing competition against adults at 10, thinks living in a tropical country will be his edge heading into his stiffest challenge yet.“It’s kind of an advantage that we have a lot of places to kite,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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