Winter Olympian Michel Martinez said that he is very much willing to represent the country in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia after learning that the Southeast Asian Games Federation has added ice skating in the biennial event.
“I’m really excited when I heard the news that Ice skating will be part of the 2017 SEA Games,” Martinez, 18, told reporters during a press conference organized by SM Lifestyle at the Bowling Center in SM Mega Mall. “It is also a great opportunity for other Filipino ice skaters to compete there.”
Martinez recently shone in the International Skating Union’s annual Triglav Trophy in Slovenia posting a marginal 184.84 points to top the meet. He beat Korean June Hyoung Lee (176.60) and Italian Maurizo Zandron (170.44).
“I don’t like to sound boastful but I will do my best if ever they choose me [to represent the country in SEA Games],” said Martinez, who is now preparing for the Los Angeles Open Championship in USA on July 10 to 12. “The LA Open though is not an international tournament.”
“I will compete in an international tournament on August 5 to 8 in Asian Trophy in Bangkok, Thailand. I’m hoping to win there,” he added. “I will be competing in the 2016 National Championships. It is an honor to represent the Philippines in the 2017 SEA Games in hopes to win the gold medal.”
Martinez became popular in 2014 when he became the first Filipino ice skater to represent the Philippines in the Sochi Russia Winter Olympic Games. He finished 19th overall in the competition.