Michael Martinez takes time off to heal
Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez
LOS ANGELES – There’s still no decision yet if Michael Christian Martinez will be in action at next week's Junior World Championships in Bulgaria.
After a 6-hour practice on Wednesday, Martinez took a day off on Thursday. He hasn't practiced for several weeks, and the prolonged time off can have negative effects on skaters especially for those with injuries.
“It's getting better, I'm starting to get the jumps a little bit but it's not enough… For figure skating kailangan talaga only up to two days, one day’s rest or two days. Maximum is three days. But if you exceeded that, it's like ‘yung body memory, ‘yung jumps mo, you couldn't do it anymore, ‘yung spins mo you will get dizzy easily,” said Martinez.
Making use of the off-day to let his body rest and heal, the history- making Olympian met with more and more supporters.
He visited Los Angeles-based shoe company Vlado, a brand popular among hip-hop dancers and celebrities.
He also met with sportswear company Oakley earlier this week as well as other local business, many interested in helping him raise funds.
“It's so heart warming that everybody now is acknowledging my talent. Everybody now is supporting me so I'm very thankful for that,” said Martinez.
Martinez has caught the eyes of many well-wishers, been showered with presents and more fans, including non-Filipinos, since being voted as most supported athlete at last month's Winter Olympics.
Social media sites also found he was among the most talked about during the games.
“I feel very happy, it feels like...feeling ko iiyak ako ng nakita ko ang dami na supporta sa akin,” said Martinez.
“He did a great thing for his country and I think that's a thing that everybody should brag about, we're just here to support and congratulate on his achievements,” said Hector Mendez, general manager of Vlado Footwear.
Martinez will decide if he is ready for Bulgaria after he practices on Friday.
On Friday night, Martinez meets with his Zumba family and local officials in Carson, who will honor the Olympian.