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Michael Martinez Becomes First Filipino Figure Skater Ever in the Olympics

Filipino ice skater Michael Martinez made Olympic history when he qualified for medal round of the men's figure skating

Filipino ice skater Michael Martinez made Olympic history when he qualified for medal round of the men’s figure skating

 

SOCHI – Filipino Olympian skater Michael Martinez finished at 19th place out of 24 skaters at the men’s Figure Skating event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Michael Christian Martinez of Philippines competes during the men's figure skating short program

Michael Christian Martinez of Philippines competes during the men’s figure skating short program

Martinez, who made Olympic history for the Philippines and Southeast Asia by competing in Sochi, garnered a total score of 184.25 points.

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu won the gold medal, while Patrick Chan of Canada received the silver, and Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten got the bronze.

Martinez, who performed to the tune of Ernesto Lecuona’s Malaguena, was the third performer among the 24 skaters in the free program event. He received a score of 119.44 points during Friday’s routine.

The 17-year-old looked more daring doing triple axels, triple double toes, double flip, and lot more presentation towards the judges’ side. However, he fell at one point and landed on his right hand after executing a triple loop.

“For me, he’s getting stronger and maybe running away a little bit but he’s giving it everything that he’s got and he’s fighting right to the finish,” said a female event commentator.

Martinez ended his routine with a Biellmann Spin, an unusual and difficult maneuver for male figure skaters. “Unusual for men, the Biellmann spin, performance to be proud of,” she said.

“A lot to be proud of, he really did the program well he had a good flow across the ice, the speed was there,” said the male commentator.

During the short program on Thursday, Martinez scored 64.81 points. This enabled him to march to the free program, the medal round of the men’s figure skating event.

The teenager is the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to qualify in the Winter Olympics men’s figure skating.

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