The country’s top figure skater Michael Martinez rallied young Filipino skaters to believe in their talents when they compete in the Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2016 beginning today and culminating on August 7, at the Mall of Asia outdoor ice skating rink in Pasay City.
Martinez, the 2015 Asian Trophy champion, has decided to withdraw from this year’s edition of the championship because of preparation issues.
“The only thing that I can tell a competitor is that you should believe in yourself – that you’ve been practicing this programs tons of times already and you’ve been doing this jumps a thousand times,” the 19-year old Martinez told The Manila Times on Wednesday.
Martinez told skaters “not to be afraid, and just take the ice with confidence and have faith in our God.”
Leading the Philippines’ campaign in the tournament are Sofia Guidote, 14, and Jules Alpe, 18.
“I am really excited to compete in the Asian Trophy and very hopeful because our country will host the competition. There will be so many great talents that will be here, so I am preparing well to give honor to our nation,” Guidote of Mandaluyong said.
Guidote was the first Filipino skater to win a bronze medal (Novice A Category) in the International Skating Union Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013.
“SM Skating is excited to host the Asian Trophy and showcase the talent of our Filipino skaters in the international arena,” CJ Suarez, sports development head of SM Lifestyle and Entertainment Inc. said.