Skipping the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria slated March 10-16, 2014, Michael Christian Martinez has enough time to heal, rest and practice for the skating season in August.
As reported by Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN North America News Bureau on abs-cbn.com, it is due to doctor’s advice that the newest darling of Philippine sports decided not to compete in the event.
His mother Maria Theresa was quoted as saying, “It’s the doctor’s and the coach’s decision. Michael’s doctor has recommended that he withdraw from the World Junior (Championships) since his knee injury has not completely healed yet, and his falls during his current practices are adding to the injuries.”
Michael Martinez being interviewed by Steve Angeles
Michael placed 5th in the World Junior Championships last year held in Milan, Italy with 191.64 points. Getting the 1-2-3 spots were USA’s Joshua Farris, Jason Brown and Shotaro Momori. China’s Jin Boyang was fourth.
Filipino-Swiss Alisson Krystle Perticheto who represented the Philippines in the Ladies Division placed 18th in last year’s WJC.
Now a superstar in the Philippines, Michael is overwhelmed by the support he is getting, which inspires him to work for a medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
“It’s so heartwarming that everybody now acknowledges my talent. Everybody now is supporting me so I’m very thankful for that. I feel very happy, it feels like…feeling ko iiyak ako nang nakita ko ang dami ng suporta sa akin,” he said.
The teener himself reported that out of 2,850 athletes from 89 countries, he was the #1 supported athlete in the Sochi 2014 website.
“I owe it to all of you my dear friends! I am eternally and sincerely grateful for your continuous support and for all your prayers!!!!! Thank you very much!!” he posted.
Michael, who holds the distinction of the first-ever figure skater from the Philippines and Southeast Asia to have qualified for the Olympics, also got featured in The Best Of Sochi 2014 Olympics video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ka5nMNUSGA.
On February 26, a day before he left for the US for training, the Winter Olympian was commended by the Philippine Senate for the honor he brought to the country.
Handsomeness among beauties
Senate Resolution 505 sponsored by Sen. Vicente Sotto III commended Michael for his feat.
“To excel on ice, even if the only ice we produce in the country is from refrigerators, is exceptional indeed,” Sotto said on the Senate floor.
Three Binibinis were also commended by the Senate on the same day.
Described by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as the country’s crown jewels, Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul, Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago came with their crowns and posed with the Philippine Olympian.
Between practices and rest, Michael is taking time to meet his supporters in the US, some of whom have put up organizations or foundations to fund his second Olympic bid in Pyeongchang.
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