Saturday, March 10, 2018

An Olympian's Homecoming

Filipino Figure Skater Michael Martinez was warmly welcomed by his family, supporters, and fans on the Olympian's homecoming prepared by SM Skating. He was very accommodating when being asked for selfies and to have their picture taken with him. Also, what I can't help but noticed is he looks more pogi now, and kind of a buff. He looks really good at the age of 21. Prior to the competition, Michael was into bodybuilding and if you're following him on Instagram, you'll see his pa-pandesal / abs there. Kidding aside, with all those muscles that he worked hard for he had to get rid of it as fast and as much as he can to prepare for the Olympics. 





Michael Martinez once again represented the Philippines in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Prior to his return to the winter Olympics, Martinez won the silver medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. With quite a short time to prepare, being the first alternate to Olympic qualifier Sweden after it withrew in January. Though he didn't advance in the men's single figure skating event, Regardless of the mishap, the winter Olympian is very much honoured to be given the chance to compete once more in the global ice tournament.


“Competing at that level of the winter Olympics, in the company of world-class figure skating talents, and performing in front of the world, is already a reward. I am honoured to have represented the country in that tournament and hope I have become an inspiration to the next generation of ice athletes,” said Martinez.
Michael Martinez receiving a certificate of recognition for his efforts in representing the country and making ice skating popular in the Philippines.
  





“We are grateful for the sacrifices made and dedication shown by Michael Martinez in the just concluded winter Olympics. He has become not only a source of pride but also an inspiration especially for the budding ice athletes who, I believe, will carry our country’s colors in future international competitions,” said Herman Emiliano Medina-Cue, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. chief operating officer.








SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. has been supporting the development of Filipino ice athletes, including the Southeast Asian Games gold medal-winning Philippine Ice Hockey team, and various ice sports in the country by implementing the SM ice skating sports program and maintaining Olympic-size ice skating rinks in Metro Manila and Cebu City.

SM Skating pledged in developing the talents and skills of young, aspiring athletes, keeping the dream alive of qualifying and making a strong finish in future winter Olympics games and other tournaments.

SM Skating executives reiterated their commitment to provide training and offer world-class ice skating facilities to Filipino ice athletes after welcoming home figure skater Michael Christian Martinez at the Olympic-size rink inside the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.




The Olympic-size Skating Rink is located at the main mall’s third level, measuring 1,800-square meters boasts of complete facilities for hockey games such as a digital scoreboard, players’ boxes, scorekeeper and penalty boxes as well as two locker rooms with hot and cold shower.

Patrons can conveniently watch practices, training, exhibitions, shows, games, and tournaments at the 200-seater stands located around the rink. Those wanting to take a quick bite can head to the snack booth for hotdogs, burgers, nachos, popcorn, coffee cakes, pastries and ice-cold beverages.

The ice skating rink also has a spacious lobby and multi-purpose rooms for sports training, meetings, and social functions while a clinic provides immediate first-aid assistance for any minor sports-related injuries


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