Lone Filipino in Sochi mortgaged house to compete

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With no government help, the lone Filipino Olympian in the Sochi winter games mortgaged his home to compete in the international arena. In an interview with the Catholic News Service, the mother of 17-year-old figure skater Michael Christian Martinez said she reached out to the President of the Philippines for financial help, but did not get any response. She added, “My house is mortgaged. It’s a crazy investment… I don’t even think anyone at the President’s office knows there’s a Filipino skating in the Olympics.” The teenager did receive help from sponsor Manny V. Pangilinan and other coaches and donors. Martinez, the first Filipino Winter Olympian in 22 years, is vying to become the first Filipino to win a medal at the games. He will see his first action on the ice on Thursday, February 13 for the men’s short program, the qualifying round where the top 24 skaters will advance to the free skate program.

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