Olympian Michael Christian Martinez and 17-year-old Samantha Cabiles. (Composite Photo)
MANILA, Philippines – Olympian Michael Christian Martinez and 17-year-old Samantha Cabiles are set to compete in the Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Competition in Jesenice, Slovenia from April 2-6.
The Philippine Skating Union is sending Martinez to the senior men’s category, and Cabiles to the junior ladies’ category.
The Triglav Trophy will mark Martinez’s return to competition after more than a month, following the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, where he placed 19th overall.
Martinez is still dealing with various injuries, but has received a medical clearance to compete. He flew to Slovenia with his mother and trainer on Monday.
Since 1992, the Triglav Trophy has gathered over 100 of the best young figure skaters from all over the world. The competition will be hosted in the Jesenice Ice Hall Podmežakla. Olympic medalists Shizuka Arakawa, Stephanie Lambiel, yuna Kim, and Evan Lysacek have competed in the event.
Martinez rose to fame in the Philippines after his stint in the Sochi games. He took up figure skating when he was eight, began training in the United States in 2010, and since then, his lifelong dream has been to win an Olympic gold medal.
Martinez has so far garnered over 190 medals and trophies from various international and local competitions.
Cabiles, who was born in Hawaii and is now based in Michigan, started skating since she was 11.
Of Filipino descent, Cabiles also competes in the Philippine nationals and recently ranked second in the 2013 Philippine National Figure Skating championships held at the SM Mall of Asia ever year.
Cabiles also placed 10th in the Junior category of the recent Dragon Trophy competition in Ljubjana, Slovenia last February.
Cabiles, who trains in Toronto, has earned the moniker “The Skating Gazelle” for her high and powerful jumps.