• Hero’s welcome awaits Martinez

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    Michael Christian Martinez performs during the Men’s Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.  FILE PHOTO

    Michael Christian Martinez performs during the Men’s Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. FILE PHOTO

    A grand hero’s welcome awaits  Michael Christian Martinez in Muntinlupa City.

    The multi-titled skater Martinez captured the hearts and minds of the local and international audience as he returns from a successful first-ever appearance for a Filipino in the Winter Olympics in Russia.

    “He is first and foremost a Muntinlupeño and our city is proud of him,” Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said.

    A resolution recognizing Martinez’s record 19th-place finish in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, was immediately passed unanimously by the city council.

    A hero’s welcome, complete with motorcade, is also to be prepared for the young Olympian.

    “We are very privileged to have an Olympian in our midst, and young as he is, he is an inspiration to us all that indeed, dreams are still possible, ” the mayor said.

    A total of P100,000 will also be awarded to Martinez in recognition of his achievement, which will be taken from the Special Activities Fund of City Mayor 2014 Executive Budget.

    Martinez’s entry into the final round of the men’s figure skating competition caught the attention of international analysts, and his gallant showing as he battled fatigue and the pressure, coupled with his coming from a tropical country where snow doesn’t exist, endeared him to the international audience even more.

    He actually held a firm grip on third place in the overall standings for several rounds before being overtaken by more experienced skaters as the competition progressed.

    This early, though, he is setting his sights on the next Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018.

    A similar resolution recognizing the Muntinlupa School for Child Development, in which Martinez is studying, was also passed by the city council in its Monday morning session, commending the school for its role in shaping Martinez into a model Muntinlupeño and Filipino.

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