Homegrown Olympian Michael Martinez won a silver medal in the Warsaw Cup 2014 held in Poland from 20 to 23 November.
Martinez garnered 213.48 points and is the only SoutheastAsian contender in the men’s category. Finishing first was Alexander Petrov from Russia. The Warsaw Cup is part of the International Skating Union Challenger Series in figure skating, a series of international figure skating competitions.
Martinez, who ranks 25th in the world clinched his first senior international title championship, also a first for the Philippines at the 2012 Crystal Skate held in Brazov, Romania. In 2013 to 2014, Martinez started his season at the 2013 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Latvia where he finished fourth. He later placed third in the Junior Grand Prix in Estonia in October 2013. He also competed at the Nebelhorn Trophy senior level in Germany in September 2013. The Nebelhorn Trophy was the last qualifying event for the 2014 Winter Olympics where Martinez finished 7th overall, thus earning a spot for the Philippines in men’s singles — a first for his country and in Southeast Asia. At the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Martinez finished 19th.
Martinez took up figure skating when he was eight years old, inspired by skaters spinning and jumping while shopping with his mother at SM Southmall. He began training in 2010 in the United States and since then his lifelong dream has been to win an Olympic medal. Martinez has garnered over 190 medals and trophies from various international and local competitions.
Through the years, SM and the Philippine Skating Union have conducted several figure skating competitions that have given birth to international champions such as Olympian Michael Christian Martinez. The excellence demonstrated by skaters especially during competitions is a mark of quality that the SM Skating Rink can provide with its world-class venue and facilities. SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. operates skating rinks at the SM Mega Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, and SM Southmall in Las Pinas.