Michael Christian Martinez - updates

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WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez performs 2018 Olympic routine in Manila

Feb 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Martinez fulfills his his dream of skating to a river dance and tribal-themed program

ZERO DEDUCTIONS. Michael Christian Martinez finishes with a clean performance after practicing for only 16 days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

More skating for two-time Olympian Michael Christian Martinez

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Martinez still wants to achieve more goals in his figure skating career

ICE KING. Michael Christian Martinez performs his Emerald Tiger routine. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The two Winter Olympics stints of Martinez are already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found

OLYMPIAN. Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez shown here after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Michael Martinez satisfied with SEA Games silver after successful first quad toe

Aug 28, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Martinez is happy with a SEA Games silver for now because the bigger picture for him is in South Korea next year

BIGGER PICTURE. Michael Martinez says he's focused on the bigger picture: qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Michael Christian Martinez earns SEA Games silver in men's figure skating

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Martinez earns silver with a total score of 171 63

SILVER SKATER. Michael Christian Martinez skates his way to a silver medal at the SEA Games. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Michael Martinez stumbles, now second place after SEA Games short program

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Michael Martinez lands second with a score of 54 74 behind Malaysia s Julian Yee

SECOND PLACE. Michael Martinez looks to do better in the figure skating long program at the SEA Games after falling behind Malaysia's bet. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Jules Alpe set to light up SEA Games ice skating rink for the first time

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Jules Alpe 18 has never known a passion greater than his love for figure skating

A more mature Michael Christian Martinez guns for Olympics slot

Jun 07, 2017 - 8:31 PM

Martinez is working hard to make his dream of competing in the Winter Olympics again a reality He aims to qualify via the Nebelhorn Trophy this September

WISER, MORE MATURE. Michael Christian Martinez, seen here during the 2017 World Championships, aims for another Winter Olympics ticket, this time as a more mature person and skater. Photo from ISU World Figure Skating Championships Helsinki 2017 Facebook page

Michael Christian Martinez's 2018 Olympic stint not yet certain

Apr 02, 2017 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED The International Skating Union confirms via email that Martinez did not qualify for the 2018 Games via the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships

UNCERTAIN. Michael Christian Martinez's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics is uncertain due to a technicality. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Michael Christian Martinez qualifies for 2018 Olympics

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:32 PM

Martinez skates back to the Olympics after finishing 24th at the World Figure Skating Championships in Finland

ICEY SMILE. Michael Christian Martinez snaps a selfie with fellow figure skaters Nathan Chen, Brendan Kerry, and Patrick Chan in Finland. Photo from SM Skating's Twitter account

Michael Christian Martinez finishes last in World Championships final

Apr 01, 2017 - 4:11 PM

3rd UPDATE His overall score including the short program is at 196 79

OPENER. Michael Christian Martinez performs first in the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships final. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Michael Christian Martinez advances to World Championships final

Mar 31, 2017 - 3:14 AM

The Filipino figure skater finishes the short program in 24th place good enough to get him into the free skate final

MAKING THE CUT. Michael Christian Martinez, seen during his star making run at the 2014 Winter Games, made the cut for the men's final free skate. File photo by EPA

WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez at Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Feb 19, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The 20 year old 2014 Winter Olympian has a total score of 214 15 good for 14th place in the competition

Michael Martinez wins 2015 Asian Open Figure Skating tourney

Aug 10, 2015 - 12:38 AM

Martinez scores 72 14 points in the short program and 116 39 points in the free skating program

Off the ice - Getting to know Michael Christian Martinez

Jun 26, 2015 - 5:13 AM

The Winter Olympic figure skater talks about his plans to retire injuries he has overcome his favorite hobbies and plans for the future

WATCH: Michael Martinez puts on figure skating exhibition

Jun 25, 2015 - 10:42 PM

Watch as Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez skates up a storm at SM Megamall

WATCH: Michael Martinez places sixth in Lombardia Trophy

Sep 23, 2014 - 4:09 PM

Philippine Olympian Michael Martinez placed sixth among 13 participants with a final score of 199 92 points in the Lombardia Trophy 2014 in Milan Italy

Michael Christian Martinez placed sixth in the Lombardia Trophy competition in Milan, Italy. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Michael Martinez to compete in Grand Prix of Figure Skating

Jul 30, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Philippine Olympian Michael Martinez will compete in the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating from October to mid December

MIRACLE ON ICE. Michael Christian Martinez will have a busy schedule of international figure skating. File photo by EPA

SM Skating Rink to hold Summer Skate competition

May 30, 2014 - 2:57 AM

The Summer Skate event will take place May 30 31 at SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall

Michael Christian Martinez, seen here at the Sochi Olympics, is a past competitor in the Summer Skate event. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Palaro athletes: Competing for regions, standing as one

May 05, 2014 - 3:25 PM

The nation never fails to unite during tragedy; Palaro is one event where the nation unites in celebration

This athlete from Bicol is ready to rock out at Palaro

Martinez overcomes injuries to win gold at Triglav Trophy

Apr 07, 2014 - 4:31 AM

Michael Christian Martinez overcame lingering injuries to win the gold at the ISU sanctioned Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Tournament in Jesenice Slovenia

STANDING TALL. Michael Martinez (center) stands atop the podium with second placed Keiji Tanaka (L) and third placed Ryuju Hino (R). Photo from Martinez's Facebook

Martinez in first place after Triglav Trophy short program

Apr 05, 2014 - 2:18 AM

Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez is off to a hot start in the Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Tournament in Jesenice Slovenia after topscoring the short program

MIRACLE ON ICE. Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez is in the top spot of the Triglav Trophy competition after the short program. Photo by Adrian Dennis/EPA

Winter Olympian Martinez, Cabiles set for Triglav Figure Skating Competition

Apr 01, 2014 - 4:53 PM

Filipino figure skating returns to the world stage when Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez and Fil Am Samantha Cabiles compete in the Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Competition from April 2 6

ICE DREAMS. Michael Christian Martinez and Samantha Cabiles will represent the Philippines in Slovenia. Photos from press release

Olympic figure skating champ Hanyu wins gold at worlds

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:06 PM

Japan s Yuzuru Hanyu added his first world figure skating crown to his Olympic gold medal Friday as he edged compatriot Tatsuki Machida by a less than a point

DOUBLE CHAMP. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan celebrates after learning his results for his performance in the men's singles competition of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/EPA

Pressure on Olympic figure skating champ Hanyu at worlds

Mar 25, 2014 - 1:36 PM

The pressure is on Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu as he bids to claim the world title in front of his home crowd at the world figure skating championships

REPEAT? Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the Men's Free Skating of the Figure Skating event at the Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Michael Martinez pulls out of World Juniors

Mar 08, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The Filipino figure skater who had an impressive finish at the Sochi Olympics withdraws from the annual Junior World Figure Skating Championships due to injuries

NO MORE BULGARIA. Michael Christian Martinez withdraws from the 2014 World Junior Championships in Bulgaria. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

What's next for Michael Christian Martinez?

Feb 25, 2014 - 6:49 PM

After achieving his life s goal of competing at the Winter Olympics what is next for Filipino figure Michael Christian Martinez? Read on to find out

TROPICAL ICE PRINCE. Michael Christian Martinez skates for adoring fans at a meet-and-greet on Tuesday, February 25 at Mall of Asia. Photo by Mark Cristino

Olympian Martinez comes home to hero's welcome

Feb 24, 2014 - 10:12 PM

After an impressive figure skating stint Michael Christian Martinez receives a hero s welcome

HERO ON ICE. Michael Christian Martinez comes home to a hero's welcome after competing in the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Rappler Newscast | February 24, 2014

Feb 24, 2014 - 9:28 PM

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Support promised as Martinez gears up for 2018 Winter Games

Feb 24, 2014 - 2:02 PM

As Michael Martinez gears up for the 2018 Winter Olympics companies pledge support to the new toast of the Philippine sports world

OLYMPIC HERO. Michael Martinez takes in the crowd's applause after a performance at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo by EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Olympian Michael Martinez arrives from Sochi

Feb 24, 2014 - 11:51 AM

The Philippines lone Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez returned home to a warm welcome from fellow Filipinos

#PugadBaboy: Ang Punyal ni Devlino 25

Feb 24, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Martinez lauded, rewarded for Olympic performance

Feb 24, 2014 - 4:48 AM

Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez came home to a hero s welcome Sunday from Filipinos after his historic Winter Olympic debut in Sochi Russia

INSTANT STAR. Michael Martinez signs autographs at his press event at the SM Mall of Asia. Photo by Ritchie Tongol/EPA

Aquino to meet Olympian Michael Martinez

Feb 24, 2014 - 1:07 AM

The courtesy call will be the first meeting between the two although no date has yet been set

EARLY LEAD. Filipino Michael Christian Martinez performs in the Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. Photo by Adrian Dennis / AFP

Russia ends Winter Olympics as surprise medals leader

Feb 23, 2014 - 10:09 PM

Sochi s 50 billion Olympics close Sunday with Russia hailing a Games closely wrapped up in the image of President Vladimir Putin and the country seizing first place in the medals table

MONOPOLY. Russians Maxim Vylegzhanin (silver), Alexander Legkov (gold) and Ilia Chernousov (bronze) celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Men's 50km Mass Start Free Cross Country Skiing event. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Martinez heading home after historic Winter Olympic outing

Feb 20, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Michael Christian Martinez wraps up his history making Olympics run with a short and sweet Facebook message to all his supporters

HISTORY MADE. Michael Christian Martinez may not have brought home an Olympic medal, but he still made history in his journey at the 2014 Winter Games. Photo by EPA

Defeated Olympic figure skaters question coach's loyalty

Feb 18, 2014 - 11:23 PM

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on Tuesday questioned the loyalty of their long time Russian coach after losing their Olympic title to their training partners

TURNCOAT? Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance. Photo by Christian Charisius/EPA

'Scary moms' powering Japanese figure skating at Winter Olympics

Feb 18, 2014 - 1:52 AM

Scary moms are the reason behind Japan s figure skating success according to Olympic newcomer Kanako Murakami

MOTHER KNOWS BEST. Japanese figure skater Kanako Murakami performs during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in November. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Palace says it has 'limited resources' to fund sports

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The Philippine government claims that it has a limited budget for sports and is asking the private sector to shoulder the expenses to assist in funding athletes

THIN ICE. Lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Martinez finished 19th at the men's figure skating event despite limited government support. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Figure skating champ Hanyu's coach consoles devastated Chan

Feb 15, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Three time world figure skating champion Patrick Chan said Saturday it could take years to get over his disappointment of letting Olympic gold slip through his fingers

HEARTBREAK. Patrick Chan of Canada reacts at the end of his performance during the Men's Free Skating of the Figure Skating event at the Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Chan settled for silver. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Martinez, 3 countries and the Winter Olympics

Feb 15, 2014 - 10:02 PM

UPDATED The Philippines is not the only Southeast Asian nation competing in this year s Winter Games Check out some fast facts about PH Thailand and East Timor s participation

Foul-mouthed skater Abbott lashes out after Winter Olympics flop

Feb 15, 2014 - 8:56 PM

US champion Jeremy Abbott lashed out at his critics in a foul mouthed rant after his and teammate Jason Brown s spectacular slump at the Sochi Olympics

THIN ICE. Jeremy Abbott of USA performs during the Men's Free Skating of the Figure Skating event at the Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Michael Martinez gets $10K bonus

Feb 15, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez is praised for a historic performance

Hanyu wins Japan's first men's figure skating gold at Winter Olympics

Feb 15, 2014 - 3:30 AM

Yuzuru Hanyu became the first Japanese man to win an Olympic figure skating gold in Sochi on Friday as the teenager also claimed Japan s first title of the 2014 Winter Games

GOLD. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the Men's Free Skating of the Figure Skating event at the Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Praise for Martinez after historic stint

Feb 15, 2014 - 2:16 AM

Even after bowing out of the medal position in the men s figure skating finals lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez has dazzled and wowed the world

A STAR IS BORN. Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez drew praises following his free skate performance Friday night at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Filipino Winter Olympian's free skate routine

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez garnered 119 44 points in his final free skate routine for a two day total of 184 25 in the Winter Olympics figure skating finals

Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Martinez finishes 19th at Winter Olympics figure skating finale

Feb 14, 2014 - 11:42 PM

Michael Christian Martinez garnered 119 44 points in his final free skate routine good enough for the lead in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics figure skating finals on Friday evening Manila time

EARLY LEAD. Filipino Michael Christian Martinez performs in the Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. Photo by Adrian Dennis / AFP

Analyzing Michael Martinez's short program performance

Feb 14, 2014 - 6:16 PM

As the country prepares for Michael Christian Martinez s performance tonight at the Sochi Winter Olympics one figure skating fan analyzes his short program performance

MIRACLE ON ICE. Lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez takes in the crowd's applause after a stunning performance on Thursday night. Photo by EPA

Will Martinez win Olympics medal?

Feb 14, 2014 - 1:17 PM

Michael Christian Martinez bids for an Olympic medal Friday evening February 14 in the Winter Olympics free skate program

FOR THE GOLD. The Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez performs during the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Plushenko suffers injury heartbreak, Bjoerndalen flops

Feb 14, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Yevgeny Plushenko stunned Russia Thursday when he was forced out of the Winter Olympics with a back injury ending his hopes of becoming the most medalled man in Games figure skating history

Favored figure skater Plushenko withdraws from competition. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/EPA