Martinez to compete in skating Grand Prix
Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines competes during the figure skating men's free skating program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. -- REUTERS/Issei Kato
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Olympian Michael Christian Martinez will compete in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating, which starts on October 24 and runs until December 14.
Martinez will be the only Filipino and Southeast Asian to compete in the Grand Prix.
The Grand Prix is a series of international figure skating competitions in the 2014-2015 season. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating and ice dancing.
Skaters will earn points based on their placement in each event, and the top six in each discipline will qualify to compete at the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain.
Martinez is set to compete in the Hilton Honors Skate America in Chicago from October 24 to 26. It is the first of six events that make up the 2014 Grand Prix series, and Martinez was one of the selected few invited by the organizing committee to compete in the event.
Other stops include Skate Canada, LEXUS Cup of China, Trophee Eric Bompard in France, Rostelecom Cup in Russia and the NHK Trophy in Japan.
Organized by the ISU, the Grand Prix series sets the stage for the 2015 European, Four Continents, and World Championships.
Martinez will be competing against world and Olympic medalists including the likes of Tatsuki Machida of Japan, Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, Jeremy Abbott of the United States and Artur Gachinski of Russia.
Martinez currently ranks 27th in the world.