Sam Milby and Michael Martinez
MANILA – Sam Milby, who competed as a figure skater when he was still a young boy, is throwing his full support to Michael Martinez, the Philippines’ bet in figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Milby said he is extremely proud of Martinez for qualifying in the Olympics because he knows how hard it is to train as a figure skater.
“Nakaka-proud talaga," he said. "Bilang isang dating figure skater din, alam ko kung gaano kahirap talaga 'yung training and lahat. I wish him all the best. I wish I could actually ask him and talk to him.”
Like Martinez, Milby said he also dreamt of joining the Olympics.
“I did 12 years of training. I did home school kasi training. I really did intensive training and I never got to where he is going right now. I went to Junior Olympics two years in a row, which was a national event sa States. I got seventh place both times. But ito, ibang klase talaga. I never got close enough to make it there,” he said.
For a country with not so many skating rinks, Milby lauded Martinez for sticking to his passion to be able to represent the country in the international arena.
“Sana maraming magbigay ng tulong sa kanya. For someone that trained so much, 'yung pangarap talaga to represent the country, to bring pride, and for all the training that he’s gone through, sana naman tulong tulong tayo para sa kanya,” he said.
According to the “Dyesebel” actor, he will definitely help in the fund-raising for Martinez and he will also do his part in "trying to get people to show support for him."
“The times na pumunta ako sa mga skating rinks dito, I never saw many skaters na nagte-train. The fact na we have a skater going to the Olympics, grabe siguro 'yung talent nya and the training that he’s undergoing. Gusto ko rin tumulong. Yes, I will give,” he said.
Martinez is the youngest among the 30 contestants competing in men’s figure skating. He needs to finish among the Top 24 to advance to the finals.
The preliminary competitions for the men’s figure skating will begin on Thursday.