Michael Martinez advances at Sochi Olympics

 Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA


via ABS-CBNnews.com – Filipino ice skater Michael Martinez made Olympic history when he qualified for medal round of the men’s figure skating event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia on Thursday.

Martinez, the youngest among the 30 competitors in the event, garnered a component score of 31.50 and technical score of 33.31 for a total of 64.81 points, which is good enough to place him among the top 24 contestants.

As of posting time, he is ranked 5th behind Jason Brown (1st) and Jeremy Abbot (2nd) of the US, Jorik Hendrickx (3nd) of Belarus and Misha Ge (4th) of Uzbekistan.

The 17-year-old was visibly nervous as he was seen warming his hands and tapping his sides before his routine.

“Here is history in the making… very flexible skater, the first ever from the Philippines. He’s the first Filipino to have ever landed a triple axle in competition, every charismatic performer,” said the female commentator before Martinez began performing to the tune of Arthur Fielder’s Romeo and Juliet.

When the music began, however, he waved away any jitters and delivered an unforgettable performance.

He completed several triple axles, a triple loop, and the “Mr. Freak Move,” which had himself leaning backwards to the ice.

“Well, that was fantastic, until the early on we’ve been treated to some wonderful performance. I said it was gonna be good. To be honest, I think it was gonna be quite this good,” said the male commentator.

After his performance, he proudly showed his jacket which had the print “Philippines” on it.

The crowd in the 12,000-seater Iceberg Skating Palace was heard roaring and applauding for Martinez.

“There you go, I never heard that before,” the commentator said after hearing the spectators cheering.

“Well done, you could be very proud of yourself,” he added, addressing the Filipino.

Martinez will next compete in the free program, which is the medal round, on Friday.

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