MANILA -- (UPDATED) Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez returned home on Good Friday after winning a gold medal at the Triglav Trophy in Slovenia earlier this month.
Martinez, who bested six other international ice skaters in the competition, arrived with his mother in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via Eva Air at around 1 p.m.
"I'm so happy to be another source of Filipino pride," Martinez said in an earlier interview with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles before boarding his flight.
On his arrival in Manila, Martinez saod is ecstatic by the win, despite the injuries he earlier sustained on his right knee. He also revealed that he wasn't able to practice prior to the competition.
The 17-year-old figure skater, nonetheless, scored a combined total of 195.15, five points higher than second placer Kenji Tanaka of Japan.
Martinez, who was the lone representative of the country at Sochi Winter Olympics last February, will stay and train in the Philippines for about a month.
He is set to compete in another competition in Dubai this coming May but said he will have to rest for a week first before starting with his training again.
"If possible I think I’m going to rest first and then I have another competition in Dubai," he said. "I'll train in Manila at the Mall of Asia."
For the rest of the Holy Week, the skating champ plans to go to church with his mother.