MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Michael Christian Martinez’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics is not yet set in stone.
Selina Vanier, Communications and Media Coordinator for the International Skating Union, confirmed to Rappler via email that Martinez did not qualify for the 2018 Games via the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships.
Instead, Martinez will have another opportunity to gain an Olympic slot through the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany in late September, where 6 spots will be up for grabs.
The Philippine Skating Union (PHSU), figure skating’s national sports association, was the first to announce Martinez’s inclusion into the Winter Games after the 20-year-old finished in last place out of a field of 24 during the final.
Martinez, who competed in the final on Saturday, April 1, garnered an overall score of 196.79.
However, the organization later clarified that Martinez’s Olympic participation is still up in the air with a technicality involving the number of slots awarded to other countries, which would effectively bump off Martinez from the top 24.
Bold statement BUT after adjusting the spots from the other countries, this claim will have to wait after the Nebelhorn Trophy https://t.co/tNNL3pGuEt— PHSU (@PHSkatingUnion) April 2, 2017
Yes @Martinezfrost3 finished at the top24 at Worlds but with other countries earning multiple spots, the 24 spots were quickly filled.— PHSU (@PHSkatingUnion) April 2, 2017
The next qualifying event for us will be at the Nebelhorn Trophy in late September. 6 spots to be awarded for singles skating.— PHSU (@PHSkatingUnion) April 2, 2017
*until after the Nebelhorn Trophy.— PHSU (@PHSkatingUnion) April 2, 2017
Excuse us, late start today. A cup of coffee is badly needed
PHSU president Manuel “Pocholo” Veguillas told Rappler in a text message on Sunday that they were “awaiting ISU official announcement.” – with reports from Jane Bracher and Ryan Songalia/Rappler.com