Martinez prepares new routine for USA, Europe skating season

Mark Escarlote on Aug 19, 2015 02:57 PM
Martinez prepares new routine for USA, Europe skating season
Filipino skater Michael Christian Martinez is preparing a new routine with harder and more complicated moves for the coming USA and European skating season.

Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez is busy preparing for the coming skating season in the USA and in Europe and for his ultimate goal of a second Winter Olympics stint three years from now.

Training for four to six hours a day, the 18-year-old skater took only a few days rest after ruling the 2015 Asian Open Figure Skating tournament senior men’s category in Bangkok, Thailand.

Martinez, the first Pinoy athlete to join the Winter Olympics last year in Sochi, Russia, is set to participate in the US Classic in Utah next month, the Finland Open in October and the Grand Prix Invitational in Beijing, China in November.

The International Skating Union world ranked no. 27 is now focused on perfecting a quad jump – or a four mid-air full turn – in his routine.

“Mahirap talaga,” said Martinez of the move that requires a perfect landing on one leg to complete the stunt. “Pero noong isang araw malapit na.”             

But achieving the trick gets even harder as he is still nursing a back injury.

“Yung likod ko pinakamasakit so apektado pa rin ang mga turns ko,” he said.      

Martinez will return to America on Sunday and will train under four coaches and is set to undergo extensive strength and conditioning workouts.

He is also planning to infuse Hip-Hop in his routines.  

The Pinoy skater hopes that all his early preparations will help him heading into the 2017 World Championship, the qualifier for the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea Winter Olympics.







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