Michael Christian Martinez’s 2018 Olympic stint not yet certain

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

ONE MORE CHANCE. Michael Christian Martinez fails to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics via the World Championships but he will have one more chance to do so through the Nebelhorn Trophy in September. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

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.

It was initially announced Martinez had qualified for the Games in Pyeongchang by virtue of his inclusion in the top 24 competitors of the World Championships final in Helsinki, Finland.

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.


 


 


 


 


 

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

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