Michael Martinez pulls out of World Juniors
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez will no longer be competing at the 2014 Junior World Figure Skating Championships in Bulgaria.
In a stement released on the SM Investments Corporation Facebook page, his mother Maria Teresa Martinez said: "Michael is withdrawing from the Bulgaria competition. It’s the doctor’s and coach’s decision. Michael’s doctor has recommended that he withdraw from the World Junior(s) since his knee injury has not completely healed yet, and his falls during his current practices are adding to the injuries."
Throughout his skating career, Martinez has suffered from various injuries, including multiple injuries to the ankle, knee and thigh.
Martinez, who was the country's lone representative to the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, arrived in Manila on Sunday afternoon, February 23, but stayed for barely 4 days. He flew back to the United States on February 27 to train for the World Juniors.
The decision by Martinez to withdraw comes two days before the Junior Worlds, which is slated to begin on March 10 and will run until March 16.
Martinez had an impressive finish at the 2014 Winter Olympics, qualifying for the free skate and finishing in 19th place. At last year's Junior World Championships, the 17-year-old finished in 5th place out of the 24 who advanced to the free skate. He had a score of 191.64. – Rappler.com