Taller and leaner Michael Martinez looking for better finish in Pyeongchang

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 29, 2018 04:34 PM
Taller Martinez looks for better finish in Winter Olympics
A taller and leaner Michael Martinez continues to polish his skills on the rink as he prepares for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

As the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea set to start around the corner, figure skater Michael Martinez continues to prepare for his training in the United States.

The 21-year old Martinez has grown two inches taller since his apperance in Sochi, and has packed in ten more pounds of muscle.

Martinez continues to hone his skills for the quadriennial event with coach Slava Zagor, while some of his supporters watched in Lake Forrest, California.

The first Filipino to qualify to his second straight Winter Olympics said that he feels good coming in to the competition.

"Practice has been really good I’m pretty excited to do my performance out there for me I’m really really excited super happy like I don’t know how to say it full of emotions every day just to qualify for the Olympics," Martinez said in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles.

Martinez adds that his performance has vastly improved since his stint in Sochi, as he continues to focus on polishing his skills on ice.

Despite sporting a much better physique, Martinez laments that sports science may not be on his side when he tries to attempt the quad jump. 

""For my body type it’s just very very hard especially for my body type. It’s really hard to do the job. It takes years to really do it//trying striving to do it as fast as I can but it won’t be ready for the Olympics but if you look at the other skaters smaller compact body thinner, the skinnier body they can do it no matter what, it’s physics."

Martinez will leave for Pyeongchang on Feb. 5 (US time), and will be competing on the 19th (PH time).

H/T to ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles for the report.

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