I am grateful that Michael Christian Martinez showed the world what the Filipino can do. He is the first Filipino (and the first Southeast Asian) to compete in the figure skating event of the Winter Olympics. The Philippines, being a tropical country, is not a haven for winter sports. But 17-year old Michael Christian Martinez trained in an SM mall skating rink and reached the level many athletes can only dream of. Tonight, with the whole world watching and competing against the world’s best, he did not succumb to pressure and performed his routine. He placed 19th in the 30-man field and moved to the next round. The entire Filipino nation is one in praying for another spectacular performance from this talented young man.
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