Quantcast
Latest Stories

PH’s Martinez qualifies to medal round of men’s figure skating in Sochi

By

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

MANILA, Philippines—Michael Christian Martinez, the Philippines’ first Winter Olympian in more than two decades, advanced to the medal round of the men’s figure skating competition in Sochi late Thursday (Manila time).

The 17-year-old Martinez impressed on the rink with a smooth performance—nailing the triple Axel jump—and earned a score of 64.81 (33.31 technical, 31.50 component), which was good for 19th place at the conclusion of the competition.

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

Even before setting foot on the rink, Martinez already made history by being the first figure skater to represent the Philippines and Southeast Asia in the Winter Games.

Martinez, who was fifth on the start list, donned a black-and-white suit with gold accent and performed to the tune of “Romeo and Juliet” by Arthur Fiedler.

Martinez earlier held the fourth spot but later dropped further as other nations concluded. Nonetheless, he is through to the next round of the competition.

At the close, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu claimed the no. 1 spot with an impressive score of 101.45, followed by Canada’s Patrick Chan with 97.52 points, and Patrick Fernandez of Spain with 86.98 points.

The top 24 figure skaters advanced to free skate program slated Friday 11 p.m., which will determine the podium finishers.

Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko withdrew from the competition and later on announced his retirement.

RELATED STORIES

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

Russia’s Plushenko withdraws from Olympic figure skating

US champion Abbott falls hard in short program


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Figure skating , Michael Christian Martinez , Philippines , Sochi Olympics , Sports , Winter Olympics

  • Ay Taran…

    wish you good luck…sana manalo ka.!

  • ayana

    what a cutie~!

  • Penemuel

    I don’t know jacksh*t about figure skating… But that cantilever spread was just epic!

    Let’s go Michael!

  • niceguy60

    Way to go Michael!! ….we’re proud of you.

    Let us know how fans could help. You have a bright future. Keep up the good work.

  • 1voxPopuli

    just flying our flag and representing us in the winter olympics is already an honor. good job kiddo!

  • SC Kang

    Michael- you have made us proud of your performance. No matter where you place in the competition, you have overcome huge obstacles.
    It’s a tragedy that the Philippines Government has plenty of money sloshing around, but claim they can’t even buy an official team jacket for you.
    With a faith in God and the enormous support from your mother, you have shown an underdog can achieve anything.
    We are proud of you. Go forward and do your best. We are praying for you! God Speed!

  • eric_santiago1

    in 4 years this kid will be a real threat!

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      his only problem will be fundings but yes he will be.

      • Lemuel Vargas

        Think the NSA that represents him is the Philippine Skating Union.

  • neverwint3r

    this guy came out from nowhere, againts all odds but suddenly is making history. let’s support our pinoy athletes. he may not win any medal but the competitions alone is already great experience.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem
  • Tanchanco, former NFA head; 83
  • Pope seeks to bring faith to ‘ends of the Earth’
  • Meteor shower to light up PH skies
  • Positive in UAE, returning Filipino nurse tests negative
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Rain or Shine, Ginebra clash for No. 6 spot
  • Ateneo eyes quarterfinal spot vs Benilde
  • Style contrast marks OneFC ‘Rise of Heroes’
  • ‘Pacquiao a great ambassador for basketball’
  • Lifestyle

  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  • Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Awarded TV couple brings Jesus’ life to the big screen
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • Marketplace