Michael Martinez' Sochi performance. Photo by Adrian Dennis, AFP
LAKE FOREST, California – After a hectic month that began at the Winter Games in Sochi and led to a hero’s welcome, endless parades, public appearances and trips to the Philippine Senate, Olympian Michael Christian Martinez is back to where he feels most at home – on the ice.
“I just feel excited to step on the ice already,” said Martinez. “I feel so excited to jump already.”
But with little rest since the Winter Olympics, a lack of practice and ongoing injuries, Martinez is contemplating withdrawing from next week’s Junior World Championships in Bulgaria, where he finished in fifth place last year.
“It’s too short. Everybody’s been practicing for months,” said Martinez. “For me, I’ve just been practicing for 10 days.”
At the Lake Forest Ice Palace, Martinez is trying to regain his Olympic form with former United States Olympian Scott Wendland.
“He is battling some injuries and not really having enough time to train at this point,” said Wedland. “We’re going to see how he’s doing, (how he will) prepare for the Junior Worlds right now.”
“We have to make a decision right now and see where he’s at, if he’s competitive or not,” he added.
Martinez was originally scheduled to fly out to Bulgaria this weekend, but if passes on the Junior Worlds, he will begin his offseason earlier and be at full strength when the skating season starts in the summer.
Martinez placed 19th out of 30 competitors in the Sochi Winter Games.