Michael Christian Martinez
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez stands to receive a $10,000 bonus from the MVP Sports Foundation after his historic performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“Just emailed Mrs. Martinez that MVPSF at request of @iamMVP has authorized a bonus of US$10k in recognition of Michael’s historic performance,” national team head coach Chot Reyes tweeted on Saturday.
Reyes also confirmed that MVPSF has long been a sponsor of Martinez, the first Southeast Asian to compete in the figure skating event at the Winter Games.
Martinez made history when he advanced to the final round of the competition, eventually placing 19th in the 24-man field.
The 17-year-old Martinez stunned the Sochi audience at how he was able to qualify for the Olympics despite limited funding, and wowed the crowd with his flexibility and grace especially in the preliminaries.
Martinez is already setting his sights at the 2018 Winter Olympics.