Winter Olympics: PH’s Martinez garners 64.81 in short figure skating program

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Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines competes in the men’s short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

MANILA, Philippines—Michael Christian Martinez, the Philippines’ first Winter Olympian in more than two decades, performed to the tune of Romeo and Juliet by Arthur Fiedler in men’s figure skating short program Thursday (Manila time).

He garnered a score of 64.81 (33.31 technical, 31.50 component) to qualify for the free skate program along with 23 others. He was fifth on the start list, and finished 19th after all 30 figure skaters have performed.

As his score was being announced, the homegrown figure skater flashed a white jacket emblazoned with the word “Philippines.”

The 17-year-old Martinez, who hails from Muntinlupa, is the first figure skater to represent the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

The Top 24 in the short skate will qualify to the free skate program slated on Friday which will determine the podium finishers.

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  • neverwint3r

    this should promote figure skating as a national sport in the country. hopefuly, biger and better ice skating rinks should be built to popularize and promote the sport to the filipinos who have the talent to take it to the world level.

  • James Wise

    “FABULOUS RARE FLEXIBILITY,” “SHINING STAR FOR THE FUTURE,” “FUTURE OLYMPIC CHAMP.” Wow! Such inspiring words of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

  • Kim Jong Il

    Win or lose, Abn0y Aquino will shame you through the BIR just like Pacman. Watch out for ABn0y!

  • DIGOYBULOY

    No offense ha pero ka-federasyon ba to si Michael? Kasi sa lahat ba naman ng events figure skating pa

  • niceguy60

    That Japanese no 1 skater lives and train in the ice cold Canada. Michael Martinez is young. Has lots more to improve. He could be a champion one day if he has opportunity to practice more just like the Japanese.

  • maxie101

    Whatever the outcome this coming friday….. Michael Martinez… you are already a champion to us…. especially your Mom who did a tremendous acts in sending you to that prestigious event…

  • foolishofficer

    Considering the glory he has provided the country by just qualifying, I wonder how much financial support he got from our olympic committee?

  • chona castro

    politicians are achievers in stolen money….while this kind of people dying to bring priceless achievements.

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