Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Philippines’ Michael Christian Martinez reacts after competing in the men’s single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS via rappler.com

By Delfin Dioquino/rappler.com – Winner or not, Michael Christian Martinez will come home to the Philippines from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea a pioneer.

In the Olympics, success is often measured by medals or podium finishes. But for Martinez, carrying the Philippine colors in the world’s grandest sporting stage is already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found.

Martinez became the first Southeast Asian skater to see action in the Winter Olympiad following his stint in Sochi, Russia in 2014. As a 17-year-old, Martinez did not just participate, he also exceeded expectations by qualifying to the men’s figure skating short program and finished at 19th place.

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