Figure Skater Michael Martinez is in PH to inspire young athletes

  • Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez conducts three-day mentoring session at SM Mall of Asia Arena
  • Martinez said  ‘It is not about the medals or levels, but about experiencing new things’
  • Martinez trains 10 hours a day in the US under new Ukrainian coach for 2018 Winter Olympics

Despite his busy schedule as he prepares for the 2018 Winter Olympics, Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez managed to hold a three-day mentoring session at the Michael Martinez Skate Camp, SM Mall of Asia Arena Skating Rink in Pasay City; after a year of intensive training in the United States.

Together with other coaches, they taught kids about the sport and inspired them not to be scared in doing a new trick.

“My goal and dream is to be an Olympic champion and that itself holds the inspiration for me to keep going. Whatever happens, I always push through to reach that goal,” he said.

The award-winning figure skater wants to keep on inspiring other skaters to pursue their dreams; saying: “No matter what happens, whether you have problems like may asthma ka or hindi mo nakukuha ‘yung jump na ‘yun (sa skating) or any problems, know that you can do it no matter what. If you really love the sport, if you really want that dream to happen, it will happen.”

According to the skater who has already brought home a lot of medals, he believes that the greatest lesson figure skaters should learn from him and from the sport is not about the medals or levels, but about experiencing new things.

Determined to bring home the gold medal on the 2018 Olympics, he is training 10 hours a day in the United States under a new Ukrainian coach.

“I train at least ten hours a day. Five to six hours on ice, two hours in the gym, one hour dance and one hour workout. I’m eyeing the two Grand Prix, one is the qualifying event for the next Olympics. I usually train in Anaheim Lake Forest and Artesia. A lot of my supporters are from Carson so they just go wherever I go (laughs). Everybody is actually really supportive. The camaraderie there is really great,” he reportedly said during his performance along with other members of the national skating team at the SM Megamall Skating Rink, on June 18, as per a story by Push.

Take a look at this video, which is one of Michael Martinez’s most astounding performance: