He entered the biggest sporting event with making it to the top 24 but Michael Christian Martinez, from the Philippines lone Winter Olympian and the youngest, and first in South East Asia achieved it.
And the 17-year-old Martinez, the youngest among the seasoned competitors, he bested 19 out of 24. He amazingly score of 64.81 in the short skate where he performed to the tune of “Romeo and Juliet,” then people was amazed in the free skate routine over the beat of “Malagueña” to garnedred 119.44 for the total of 184.25.
The 19-year-old Yuzuru Hanyu handed Japan its first-ever gold medal in a record-setting fashion, Canada’s Patrick Chan bagged silver and Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten went home with the bronze medal.
In fact, it wasn’t just the Filipinos who were enamored with the gangly Martinez, even the foreign media couldn’t help but be drawn to his inspiring story: a kid who started in a mall ice skating rink in the humid Manila who ended up in the medal round in the Olympics.
His story, including the Mortage of home and without support from the Philippine Government managed to build up what he dreamt of to become one of the finest figure Men’s Skater’s. Michael Christian Martinez gained the attention of the whole world not only his hometown and gain respect of the not only the entire nation but also the world.