Filipino Michael Christian Martinez to Compete in 2014 Winter Olympics

Michael Christian Martinez is the 1st Filipino Qualifies for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Michael Christian Martinez (born November 4, 1996) is a Filipino figure skater. He was fifth at the 2013 World Junior Championships and has won two senior international medals.

Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez became the first Filipino to qualify for the Winter Olympics after securing a spot in the final qualifying event for the 2014 Sochi Games.

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22ndWinter Olympics, are scheduled to take place from 6 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Martinez began skating in 2005 at a shopping mall ice rink.[1] He trains mainly in Manilaand also spends several months a year in California with coach John Nicks, and formerly,Ilia Kulik and Peter Kongkasem.

Martinez debuted on the Junior Grand Prix series in the 2010–2011 season.

In April 2012, Martinez tore ligaments in his knee.[2] He landed his first triple Axel in competition at a 2012–2013 Junior Grand Prix event in Lake Placid, New York.[2] He placed 6th in his JGP event in Croatia. At the 2012 Crystal Skate of Romania, Martinez won his first senior international title, also a first for the Philippines.

Martinez finished 5th in his second appearance at the 2013 World Junior Championshipsand set a new personal best overall score of 191.64 points.

In 2013–14, Martinez started his season at the 2013 JGP Latvia where he finished 4th. He then competed on the senior level at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy, the last qualifying event for the 2014 Winter Olympics. He finished 7th and earned a spot for the Philippines in men's singles – a first for his country. He then competed at the 2013 JGP Estonia and won his first JGP medal, a bronze. wikipedia
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