Pinoy ice skaters seek slots to Winter Olympics

GMANews.TV– Two veteran ice skaters with Filipino blood will try to earn spots in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and represent the Philippines.

This was revealed on Friday by Philippine Skating Union president Ric Camaligan, who revealed that Michael Dimalanta and Gracielle Jeanne Tan are in the thick of preparing for the World Skating Championships, which will be used as the qualifying tournament for the Winter

Those who finished inside the top 24 in the World Skating Championships this March 23-29 in Los Angeles, will earn spots to the Winter Olympics.

“He (Dimalanta) knows that at his age, he should be already performing well and we are confident that Michael can make it in the Olympics since he can now do a quadro (quadruple spin),” Camaligan said during the SCOOP public forum.

“In the US, if you’re a triple spinner, you’re already the talk of the town. Past champions were also quadro spinners,” Camaligan added.

Dimalanta, who represented the US team in some regional tournaments, qualified to represent the Philippines in the Los Angeles tournament by winning the senior’s division of the 2008 National Open.

“He’s practicing 12 hours a day with his Filipino father, eight hours in Anaheim skating rink club and four hours off the rink. He’s doing everything because we think this is the right time for him to be in the Olympics,” Camaligan added.

Tan, on the other hand, has also competed in several major international championships, one of which is the 2008 World Figure Skating championships in Goteborg, Sweden.

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