PH skater Michael Martinez fell short at Pyeongchang 2018

Jhon Mark Trinidad

Pinoy figure skater Michael Christian Martinez wrapped up his 2018 Winter Olympics campaign at Pyeongchang, South Korea with an early exit at the men’s singles event.

For the short program part of the contest, Martinez performed his routine in the tune of Vanessa-mae’s “Emerald Tiger” at the Gangneung Ice Arena. The commentators described his performance as “safe”. Nonetheless, the first Southeast Asian male figure skater at the Olympics wowed the audience with his strong presence and flawless spins.

Martinez accumulated a total segment score of 55.56 points including 26.04 points for technical elements and no deductions. He placed 28th out of 30 Olympic skaters where Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan reigned supreme with a dominating 111.68 points. The Filipino Olympian scored better than Spain’s Felipe Montoya (52.41 points) and Ukraine’s Yaroslav Paniot (46.58 points). Unfortunately, Martinez already bowed out of competition and lost his chance to win the country’s elusive first Winter Olympics medal as the bottom six of the short program will not advance anymore to the free skate program where he originally planned to skate to the songs “El Tango de Roxanne” and “Tango de los Exilados”.

Martinez is still the country’s pride as his second consecutive Winter Olympics appearance has unusually placed the Philippines, a tropical nation, at the international map of figure skating. Surely, his heroics will inspire the Filipino youth to venture to the sport of figure skating.

On a positive note, the Olympic dream continues for the Philippines as Asa Miller will do his best to represent the country at the men’s slalom and men’s giant slalom events under the sport of alpine skiing on February 18 at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

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