MANILA, Philippines – The Filipino trainers of figure skater Michael Christian Martinez are hopeful that he will do even better in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to be held in South Korea.
Martinez made his Olympic debut earlier this month in the Sochi Games, becoming the first Filipino to compete in the figure skating event.
He advanced to the medal round after a solid performance in the short program, and wound up finishing in 19th place.
Martinez wants to again qualify to the 2018 edition of the Winter Games, and his Filipino coaches are hopeful that he will perform even better then.
“Oh yes, kaya niya,” Coach Al Marinas said when asked if Martinez can be even better in 2018. “I think, basta dire-diretso lang ulit ‘yung kaniyang training, masuportahan ng maayos, I believe makakaya niya ulit.”
“And with much better scores this time,” he added.
Another coach, Roy Rones, said Martinez can even go for the gold.
“Get the gold next Olympics,” he said. “Kayang-kaya ni Michael.”
“Iba naman ang dedication ni Michael,” Rones explained. “Once na ginusto niya, gagawin niya talaga. With the help of his mom and the other people here, why not?”
Martinez’s mother, Teresa, had said her son will at least try for a podium finish in the 2018 Winter Games. “Realistically, at least bronze sana,” she said.
But a top three finish in Sochi was not possible, she admitted.
“Ang target lang naman niya is to qualify in the medal round, and he was able to do that. He ended up 19th,” Teresa said.