- Filipino Olympian Michael Martinez bagged a silver medal in men’s figure skating at the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games
- Michael Martinez says he’s satisfied with the result and more focused on qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics
Figure Skater Michael Martinez grabbed the silver medal during the men’s individual free skating event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the Empire City Arena in Damansara Perdana last night.
The 20-year-old figure skater got a score of 171.63 points, a few points behind the Gold placer Julain Zhi-Jie Yee of Malaysia who finished with 205.43 points. Martinez fell while doing his routine. The bronze medal went to Kai Xiang Chew, also from Malaysia, who ended with a score of 145.52.
The Filipino figure skater tried a new but not too familiar routine during his first stint in the SEA Games.
Martinez, who saw action at the 2012 Innsbruck Winter Youth Olympics, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and the Asian Winter Games last February in Sapporo, Japan said, “Basically this was the first time I was trying out my new program in a competition. This is so far the hardest among all the programs I have ever done; It usually takes three to four months to master the routine.”
Since the previous stint was the first time for him to include quads or jumps in his program, there were still some refinements to do with his transition.
Martinez also revealed that the Gold placer, Yee, played safe and did not do anything new, “That has been his routine in the three major tournaments he joined. Basically what he did was skate, jump, skate, jump while I introduced a lot of new things in my routine.”
Martinez is preparing for the Nebelhorn Trophy, a qualifying tournament for the Olympics, which will be held in Germany next month. This tournament is the first Olympic qualifier, and the chosen athletes will move to next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Martinez placed seventh in the same competition last year, the same competition where he earned the spot the Sochi Olympiad. The figure skater is hoping to grab a medal this time.
“This is a memorable experience which I hope I can repeat two years from now in Manila where I definitely will go out to win the gold,” he said.
Meanwhile, Filipino Alisson Krystle Perticheto from the women’s division got the bronze medal after getting the score of 113.40 points. Shuran Yu of Singapore got the gold with 135.52 points while her fellow Singaporean, Chloe Xuaning Ing took the silver with 128.61 points.
Perticheto brought home the gold medal during the Egna Spring tournament in Italy this year. The 19-year-old figure skater also pocketed the silver medal at the Skate Helena Club in Belgrade, Serbia. She competed in various free skate competitions in three different ISU Championships. She placed 18th at the 2013 Junior Worlds in Milan, Italy; 17th place at the 2014 Four Continents in Taipei, Taiwan; and 16th place during the 2015 Four Continents in Seoul, South Korea.
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