Michael Christian Martinez is most notably known in the Philippines for being the first Filipino figure skater who competed at the Sochi Winter Olympics back in 2014, where he finished in 19th place. And this is despite the many challenges he encountered, and conquered, all for the love of the sport.
Lack of access to a suitable skating rink for training in the Philippines which is a tropical country, and further challenges in sponsorship and financial backing did not stop the determined athlete from pursuing his passion for figure skating.
Now, Michael Christian Martinez is a household name in the Philippines, and has gained the support of both the government and private institutions for his inspiring background and performance during the Winter Olympics.
On March 30, 2017, Martinez secured his 2018 Winter Olympics spot at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championship free skate final. He nabbed the 24th place in Hensinki, Finland at the Hartwall Arena, scoring 69.32 in the short program, and with a final score of 196.79.
Martinez’ routine was performed to the tune of “Nella Fantasia”, and despite accomplishing a strong finish and earning praises from commentators for his impressive jumps, his performance had been shaky in the beginning. Martinez also appeared emotional after his routine.
He actually placed last in the finals due to his erratic performance, and because he almost fell twice. However, he was able to secure a spot for the men’s singles competition in the 2018 Winter Olympics, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Meanwhile, Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan secured first place in Helsinki, Finland, with a total score of 321.59, followed by fellow Japanese Shona Uno in second place with a score of 319.31. Third place was secured by Boyang Jin from China, scoring 305.58 points.
UPDATE: It has been clarified by the Philippine Skating Union that Martinez lost his spot after the adjustment of spots was made regarding other countries with multiple winners.
Yes @Martinezfrost3 finished at the top24 at Worlds but with other countries earning multiple spots, the 24 spots were quickly filled.
— PHSU (@PHSkatingUnion) April 2, 2017
The next qualifying event for Martinez will be in in Nebelhorn Trophy in September 27 – 30, 2017, in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Good luck, Michael! We’re confident that you’ll make us proud!