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A Filipino in Sochi

/ 01:19 AM February 09, 2014

TV5 PR head Peachy Guioguio invited Friday night a small group of sports scribes to a live viewing of the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Airing 500 hours of exciting snowy action over television should stimulate the Filipinos’ interest in winter sports, something very different from the sports of the Summer Olympics, according to Guioguio.

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Another point of interest in this year’s edition of the Winter Olympics, she added, is the participation of one  homegrown Filipino, 17-year-old figure skater Michael  Martinez, Filipino-Canadian Gilmore Junio and Filipino-American JR Celski, who won a bronze in the last Vancouver Olympics despite an injury just before the competition that prompted his doctors to advise him to withdraw.

“Martinez is the first homegrown Filipino to compete in the Winter  Games, where we have not seen action in 22 years,” Guioguio said.

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Since Russia is famous for ballet,  this art form, which has woven itself into the intricate pattern of the country’s rich tapestry of history, dominated Sochi’s opening day  pageantry.

The cool, colorful numbers were something new to our tropical eyes.

It was a grand but lengthy opening, graced by no less than Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife.

The pair was very animated, heartily clapping at the entertainment numbers to express their appreciation and waving to the contingents from various parts of the world.

We lost track of the actual number  of countries that paraded in Sochi,  but just to give you an idea, the parade of athletes, the speeches and  the extravaganza took almost three  hours.

It was 2:30 a.m. on Saturday by the time the entry of the four-man Philippine contingent was announced. The Philippines was one of the very last to make an entry.

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HOOPVINE:

According to reports, the costly training of Martinez practically drained the family’s resources. While they got some assistance from  the PSC and some minor sponsors,  word has it that their house in Muntinlupa   has  been   mortgaged. Martinez’s coach alone,  is  paid $600 a  day… Gilas coach Chot Reyes said the MVP Foundation has come to Martinez’s  rescue… The “Banana Man” from the D-League’s Cagayan Rising Suns,  did not escape without sanction from PBA commissioner Chito  Salud. For calling NLEX cager Olaide Adeogun unggoy (monkey), the utility  man  has been suspended for 10 games   which he will serve in the conference. His team was disqualified from the ongoing conference’s semifinals.

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