figure skating

SM Skating Rink is home to Michael Martinez, world-class figure skaters

Michael Martinez, Herman Emiliano Medina-Cue

Michael Martinez, Herman Emiliano Medina-Cue

SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. has been supporting the development of Filipino ice athletes, including the Southeast Asian Games gold medal-winning Philippine Ice Hockey team, and various ice sports in the Philippines by implementing the SM ice skating sports program, and maintaining Olympic-size ice skating rinks in Metro Manila and Cebu City. Some of the young athletes who train at SM Skating are figure skaters Jules Alpe, Alisson Perticheto, Samantha Cabiles and Sofia Guidote.

The ice skating rink at the SM Mall of Asia can host not only recreational and competitive figure skating and speed skating events but also ice hockey games. Located at the main mall’s third level, the 1,800-square meter rink boasts of complete facilities for hockey games such as a digital scoreboard, players’ boxes, scorekeeper and penalty boxes as well as two locker rooms with hot and cold shower.

Visitors can conveniently watch practices, training, exhibitions, shows, games and tournaments at the 200-seater stands located around the rink. Those wanting to take a quick bite can head to the snack booth for hotdogs, burgers, nachos, popcorn, coffee cakes, pastries and ice-cold beverages.

Starting as a leisure rink built by the inspired Henry Sy Sr. whose interest was piqued by the grace and class of figure skating, the SM Skating Rink possesses the only Olympic sized ice skating rinks in the entire country. Aside from being a venue for events and leisurely skating, it also provides lessons for figure skating, ice hockey and other sports on ice.

Proving right of Sy’s vision of a tropical country excelling in a winter-based sport, the SM Skating Rink has been home to world-class figure skaters, such as Michael Martinez, who internationally compete in prestigious championships such as the Winter Olympics in Sochi. This year, the rink will introduce more sports and activities to learn on the ice and events that will cater to the existing and new winter-based sports.

Also, the ice skating rink has a spacious lobby and multi-purpose rooms for sports training, meetings, and social functions while a clinic provides immediate first-aid assistance for any minor sports-related injuries. Here is a video from the homecoming of Martinez on February 22, 2018:

For the skating lessons, please visit: http://smskatingrink.com/rates-and-packages/

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