Michael Christian Martinez: Figure Skater From Philippines Gets 19th at Olympics

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
February 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines–the only Filipino in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia–ended up at 19th overall in the men’s free skating final.

The figure skater ended up with an overall score of 184.24.

First place Yuzuru Hanyu got 280, to put the score in context.

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(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Martinez, 19, is the first Olympic figure skater from southeast Asia.

His journey captured Filipino’s hearts as it was learned that he used to practice in a mall ice skating rink, dodging families and others to do moves.

He’s hoping his appearance garners sponsors so he can continue skating in the future.

 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.