Michael Christian Martinez wins Gold in Slovenia

Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez won the gold in the Triglav Trophy Figure Skating Senior Men’s Division in Jesenice, Slovenia on Sunday.

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Photo Credit: Alex Dela Rosa Photography

He scored 63.29 in the Short Program on Friday and 131.84 in Freeskate on Sunday for a total of 195.13.

Japan’s Keiji Tanaka settled for silver for a total of 189.83. Ryuju Hino, also of Japan, came in third with 183.06.

The other skaters were Phillip Harris of Great Britain, June Hyoung Lee of Korea, Mario-Rafael Ionian of Austria and Sondre Oddvoll Boe of Norway.

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As in the 2014 Winter Olympics that concluded recently in Sochi, Russia, Michael was the only entrant from a country that doesn’t have snow or ice.

His skipping of the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria slated March 10-16 proved advantageous to the teener as his injuries had enough time to heal.

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Meanwhile, Samantha Cabiles, who performed in the Junior Ladies Division ended 6th overall in a field of 21 with a total score of 100.04. The Filipina teener was 4th in the Short Program.

Topping the division was Elizabet Tursynbayeva of Kazakhstan with 150.68, followed by Ah Hyun Lim of Korea with 120.33 and Alissa Scheidt of Germany with 115.69.

In the Senior Ladies Division, Rika Hongo of Japan won the gold with 153.32 points, followed by Francesca Rio of Italy with 139.36 and Isabelle Olsson of Sweden with 136.62.

There were only four entrants in Junior Men—with Anton Kempf of Germany topping the division with 139.66, followed by Daniel Naurits of France with 132.88; and Marco Zandron and Giorgio Settembrini, both of Italy, with 124.66 and 123.01 respectively.

There’s also Advanced Novice Boys and Advanced Novice Girls Divisions—topped by Arthur Ribes of France with 89.83 points and So Hyun An of Korea with 109.33 points.

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The ISU (International Skating Union) 2013-2014 Season ends on June 30. The 2014-2015 Season begins with the Junior Grand Prix France on August 20-24, 2014 in Courchevel, France.

In his post early Monday (Manila time), the Filipino Olympian said:

“I Thank God for this blessing- another gold medal in senior event. It was actually difficult for all of us because the 30 minutes practice sessions were scheduled a day before, and no more practices during the competition days. I’m very happy i made it to first place.”

He still has to make a decision whether he will compete in Dubai next month.

Congratulations, Michael Christian Martinez, for continuously bringing pride to the Philippines and to all Filipinos around the world!

Mabuhay!

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