Michael Martinez, 21, represented the Philippines in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea where he came up short in his bid to advance in the men’s single figure skating event. Despite the setback, the Olympian is honored to be given the chance to compete once more in the global ice tournament.
“Competing at that level of the Winter Olympics in the company of world-class figure skating talents and performing in front of the world is already a reward,” Martinez said. “I am honored to have represented the country in that tournament and hope I have become an inspiration to the next generation of ice athletes.”
The Philippines was only advised that Martinez was allowed to compete as a first alternate after Olympic qualifier Sweden withdrew in January 2018 so the Filipino figure skater had a relatively short time to prepare. Martinez won the silver medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games prior to his return to the winter Olympics.
Martinez was welcomed home by his family, supporters and fans during his homecoming at SM Skating inside the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Metro Manila on February 22, 2018. He was also presented with a certificate of recognition for his efforts in representing the country and heralding ice skating in the Philippines to new heights.
A major patron in the country’s ice sports program, SM Skating has vowed to continue developing the talents and skills of young, aspiring athletes, to keep alive dreams of qualifying and making a strong finish in future winter Olympics games and other tournaments. The SM Skating executives reiterated their commitment to provide training and offer world-class ice skating facilities to Filipino ice athletes after welcoming home Martinez at the Olympic-size rink.
“We are grateful for the sacrifices made and dedication shown by Michael Martinez in the just concluded winter Olympics,” SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. chief operating officer Herman Emiliano Medina-Cue said. “He has become not only a source of pride but also an inspiration especially for the budding ice athletes who, I believe, will carry our country’s colors in future international competitions.”
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